Latinos are the happiest people in the world, yay!
As if we didn't know this already, but a new report confirmed that 7 of the world's 10 happiest countries are in Latin America. Although a lot of these countries live poorly, it didn't change their positive attitudes and upbeat disposition!
The countries listed as the happiest are Guatemala, Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Venezuela, Panama, and Paraguay. Rounding out the last countries were Trinidad and Tobago, Phillipines, and Thailand. But clearly they can't measure up to these red hot Latin American countries!
Generally Latinos are known as individuals who love life, enjoy great food and music, and are very family oriented. So honestly, hearing that seven of our countries are the happiest in the world did not surprise me at all!
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It's easy to assume that a rich country would be happier, so to learn that poorer countries ranked high was interesting. The poll, which surveyed nearly 150,000 people around the world, found that many of the happiest countries don't exactly benefit from having booming economies or luxurious standards of living. For example, Guatemala is still recovering from a civil war that tore the country apart in the late 1900's, and gang crimes making it one of the countries with the highest homicide rates in the world--but hey, the people there seem to rise above it all and still rank as some of happiest in the world.
The poll--created last year by Gallup Inc.--also asked about 1,000 people in each of 148 countries how they felt about their daily life. Ironically, richer countries like Singapore, Germany, and France were less likely to report positive emotions. Poorer countries reflected a happier attitude, while prosperous ones were unhappy. I'm not all that shocked, our people do seem to be able to see the silver lining in every cloud and we don't need a whole lot of money or fancy things to understand how inherently wonderful life is.
One of the main reasons Latinos are so jovial is because we mostly focus on important things that matter, like friends, family and religion, despite stress in our daily lives.
Paraguayan street vendor, Maria Solis, put it best: "Life is short and there are no reasons to be sad because even if we were rich, there would still be problems," she told the NY Daily News, adding that we have to be able to laugh at ourselves. I couldn't agree more!
Like Solis said, life is short and you can't take yourself too seriously if you want to be happy. Looks like it might be time for some other countries to start taking pointers from us!
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