Several months ago, my family and I headed to Costa Rica to spend the summer and see if we might enjoy living here for an extended period of time. Two weeks into our adventure, we could tell we'd found our second home.
This tropical Central American country holds the highest density of animal species on the planet. And now four more animals call it home—our little family.
Costa Rica was recently declared the Happiest Nation on Earth by the New Economics Foundation, a UK-based think tank that produces the Annual Happy Planet Index. This index considers current national mood and how poised nations are to sustain their happiness, which is largely dependent on the availability of natural resources. Here are three factors that I see contributing to Costa Ricans' unwavering sense of joy.