"One of the Happiest Countries on the Planet". . Costa Rica. What is the reason for this well-known banner that is displayed in so many writings and recordings about this amazing country? What are the parameters for being on this special list? What do people love about this special place?
A small child growing up in the beautiful Costa Rican countryside is totally surrounded by some of the most beautiful and biodiverse landscapes in the entire world. The government of this little Central American country really wants to keep it the way it is. Preserving this land of tropical rainforests isn’t Costa Rica’s only success. The government makes it a point to ensure that every citizen has access to the best healthcare and the most exclusive education. They also promote peace around the world. So when the New Economics Foundation released its second Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on their environmental impact and the health and happiness of their citizens, the No. 1 spot went to Costa Rica, population 4 million. In addition, they always seem to be in the TOP 10 of the list each and every year.
We could go on forever and ever explaining the reasons why this country is so special. Such a biodiverse country. About the size of West Virginia and well within reach of an otherwise-stressed-and-very-busy visiting tourist that is crunched for time. Give yourself a week, or two is better, and you can see this natural playground in its entirety. What turns you on? Hiking up the side of a volcano. . reaching the summit and being able to see both coasts? Or maybe spending a morning on a coffee plantation, learning how the coffee bean is planted, grown, picked, processed, dried, roasted, ground and most important. . enjoyed. . black or perhaps with sugar and milk? Taking long walks in the dense rain forest and getting lost in yourself and in the biodiversity displayed up close and personal? Hearing the sounds of the jungle. . the toucans, the howler monkeys, the callings of big cats and the tiniest of poison dart frogs? Spending an afternoon on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with the jungle butting up against the lapping waves? Or, maybe the city life is what turns you on! The "Mercado Centro" in downtown San Jose. . it's been there for 150 years, selling anything and everything. Little sodas with a seat available to sit and relax in this other "concrete" jungle. The city life can be as beautiful. Relax with a cup of hot coffee and a plate of gallo pinto with two eggs on top! Instead of hearing the sounds of the monkeys and the toucans, you hear conversations of those who are going about their business, their daily life, with all of its problems and consequences. Just as interesting as a walk in the woods!
You may have heard of the 5, "Blue Zones" in the world. These are special places where the people experience a very long life. Many live to be over 100 years old. In addition, their lives are rewarding. . people seem to feel good ALL THE TIME. The quality of life is second to none. One of these Blue Zones are in Costa Rica. It is called, "Nicoya Peninsula". Be sure to Google this and learn more about this special place. Very interesting reading. .
We're setting the stage for you. . painting a picture that will pull you into this "Pura Vida" lifestyle. We'll be here for a while, telling tales of what it's like to visit. . and to live here in Costa Rica.
There are thousands of stories about new places. . those that are waiting for you to arrive and discover. The world is a playground of sorts and it's indeed incredible when you finally find a little slice that serves as your own personal paradise.
I am inviting you to stay tuned and fasten your seat belt. It's going to be so much fun sharing what I know with you and then perhaps hearing from you next year at this time telling me that YOU ARE NOW in Costa Rica, living a new life and enjoying each and every day! I only suggest this because it has happened over and over again. I understand that it is a huge undertaking and commitment to even think about moving to another country. It takes a very strong reason to do so. You must ask yourself if this new place about which I know nothing right now has EVERYTHING that I need to move forward in the right direction of my life. Can it fulfill each and every void that I have right now.
In closing, one thing that many people who have moved to one of the happiest countries on the planet tell me is that they never knew what they were missing in life UNTIL they got here and set up their new life. Many never knew how much they liked climbing up a volcano. They never saw themselves doing their 'chores' TOMORROW instead of today. They saw that as a negative until now. I think that prioritization is so important. Having a life that is indeed fulfilling is what describes pure happiness to me.
And to find a country that is labeled as such makes it that much easier for you.
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About the Creator
Costa Rica is a magical place. Since November, 2002, when I first visited this country, I have been in love with the people, the culture, its biodiversity, the food. . everything about it makes me happy! Now I share my excitement with you!