Costa Rica is again classified as the happiest country in the world according to The Happy Planet Index(HPI).
Every two years the HPI measures the level of happiness of the world’s countries. This morning they nominated Costa Rica as first place for the second consecutive year, followed by Vietnam and Colombia.
This report measures three things: the wellness of a nation’s residents that say they have, life expectancy at birth and the ecological footprint of a nation.
According to the document, Costa Ricans have been given a rating of 7.3 to quality of life, life expectancy at birth is 79.3 years and the ecological footprint is 2.5 g.
The ecological footprint measures the actions that are done for the environment compared to the use and abuse of natural resources and environment damaging activities.
These features give Costa Rica a global rating of 64.0, left Vietnam with a score of 60.4, and Colombia with a of 59.8. The last three places are occupied, Catar, with 25.2 points, Chad, with a rating of 24.7 and Botswana with 22.5 points.
“The Happy Planet Index measures what really matters is : long and happy lives today and the potential for good lives in the future. We have adhered to incomplete models, who see only economic development for a long time,” said Nic Marcs, study coauthor in a news release.
“Countries like Costa Rica are the first places because its people live long and happy lives using only a fraction of the resources of the planet. This is an economic model that can actually lead to healthy lives, happy and sustainable,” he said in the statement release.
However, Marcs Nic himself said in a previous interview with The Nation, that these characteristics do not guarantee the happiness of all people.
“Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world, but is not paradise, no place is. (…) Happiness is also a decision.
A person can live in Costa Rica, a country that gives all people to be happy, but it can not be happy. However, another person can live in a country that does not give you tools for your happiness and be very happy, “said Nic Mars.
However, Lhaba Tshering, Bhutan’s government when she came to Costa Rica to talk about happiness, has a very different opinion: “The Happy Planet Index is based on international parameters and this does not necessarily reflect what Costa Ricans feel as vital to happiness.
To begin to measure the happiness of a people, first need made a definition of, what makes a people happy. In the case of Costa Rica, the ideal is that the Government and people define what makes them happy and based on that, able to assess the happiness of Costa Ricans. This should be done internally in each country, because the views from one country to another can vary a lot. “