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  • Costa Rica has officially been named the happiest place to live in the world by The Happy Planet

  • Index. The study compiled data from 151 different countries to measure where people are living

  • happy, sustainable lives. So, exactly how does one measure happiness, and does living

  • happily really matter?

  • The HPI looks at three different factors to determine if people are happy in a certain country.

  • First, it looks at general well-being, by studying a Gallup World Poll that uses

  • theLadder of Lifemethod. The poll asks people to rate their life on a scale of 0-10,

  • with 0 being the worst possible life and 10 being the best. Denmark, Canada and

  • Norway finished in the top three with Togo coming in last. Then they take that number

  • and multiply it by each country’s life expectancy using data from a 2011 United Nations study.

  • Japan has the highest life expectancy at nearly 84 years - almost twice that of Sierra Leone, which has the

  • lowest at only 47.8 years.

  • The study also factors in each country's ecological footprint. This statistic is important to

  • the HPI because it’s directly connected to the sustainability of a country’s happiness

  • - as a country becomes more polluted and less able to produce resources like food, the less

  • likely it is that theyll have a good or long life. To get their final scores, they

  • take the Ladder of Life average, multiplied by life expectancy, and divide that by the

  • ecological footprint.

  • So, that’s how Costa Rica, Vietnam, and Colombia were named the happiest places in

  • the world to live. But, is this an accurate assessment? Are they happier than other nations?

  • Well, I guess it depends on how you define happy. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation

  • and Development declared Australia as the happiest country, based on eleven different

  • statistics like education, personal security and income. A 2013 report by the UN listed

  • Denmark at the top, using GDP, life expectancy, and corruption levels - among other things.

  • Or maybe you judge happiness on topics not being covered, like homicide rates, unemployment

  • or gun rights.

  • See, that’s the problem with ranking countries by happiness. Happiness is subjective, and

  • one that we may not be able to accurately track across all countries. But that obviously

  • isn’t going to stop anyone from trying. In fact, the UN thinks tracking happiness

  • is so important that they passed a resolution on it in 2011, saying that countries now need

  • to start tracking happiness.

  • And as far as criteria for happiness goes, the Happy Planet Index is pretty simple.

  • They asked people if they were happy, looked at how long those people were potentially going

  • to live, and then divided that by how sustainable their environment is. If you feel those are

  • three important qualifications for being happy, then maybe it’s time to pack your bags and move to Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica has officially been named the happiest place to live in the world by The Happy Planet

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