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Do Costa Ricans Know Something We Don’t?

 “The Gross National Product measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile” Robert F. Kennedy

My brother, who has been reading the blog, wondered why we didn’t write about our upcoming travels. Aside from the fact that it is effort enough to keep up with travels just completed and myriad musings along the way, I really had no answer for him.

So here we are about to spend a month in Costa Rica, one of the destinations that grabbed our interest when we considered moving out of North America and settling in just one country.

I was surprised to read that Costa Rica, as far as the latest gallop world poll, is the happiest nation on the planet. It should be noted that they are doing this on one quarter of the resources typically used by the rest of the world. Their goal is to generate 95% of their electricily with renewable resources by 2014.1 Currently they are already generating 93% from renewable resources. Their government is the first to commit to become carbon neutral by 2021. They abolished the army in 1949 and invested in social programs of health and education. They have one of the highest literacy rates in Latin America and in the world. They also have that unmistakable Latin vibe, that social connectedness.

Costa Rica seems to have achieved unequalled happiness for its population2. Ivan and I aim to experience some of the joy of this country and add some of our own. We’ll be researching just what the secret to happiness is in Costa Rica.




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