".....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."
"The United States’ ranking: No. 114."
What can our neighbor to the south teach us about happiness, longevity, and environmental sustainability? :
“Costa Rica enjoys a privileged position as a mid-income country where citizens have sufficient spare time and abundant interpersonal relations,” says Costa Rican economics professor Mariano Rojas. “A mid-income level allows most citizens to satisfy their basic needs. Government intervention in the economy assures that all Costa Ricans have access to education, health, and nutrition services.” Costa Ricans, he added, have not entered the “race for status and conspicuous consumption.”
Interesting article on the topic: http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/climate-action/why-is-costa-rica-smiling
Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"