|Map showing countries shaded by their position in the Happy Planet Index (2006). The highest-ranked countries are bright green; the lowest are brown|
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Colombia-Happier Than America Twice??
Ever hear of the Happy Planet Index? Wikipedia sums it up stating "The HPI is based on general utilitarian principles — that most people want to live long and fulfilling lives, and the country which is doing the best is the one that allows its citizens to do so, whilst avoiding infringing on the opportunity of future people and people in other countries to do the same." As much as the U.S. might think they know of Colombia, it might be time to reconsider. The Happy Planet Index, Wiki states is "Countries with relatively high levels of life satisfaction, as measured in surveys, are found from the very top (Colombia in 6th place) to the very bottom (the USA in 114th place) of the rank order." Yes, Colombia has a higher level of life satisfaction than the United States in 2009. Way back in 2006, Colombia was #2 and the U.S. #150! Wonder why or how this can be possible? You are at the right place. Our focus on this blog will cover much more Colombian truths and our experiences living here about 11/2 years (YES WE REALLY DO LOVE IT HERE!!). This information will be taken from online sources, our own life among the most loving people we have encountered, and what we believe the future to be for Colombians and those who are leaning towards its many resources and opportunities for a "high level of life satisfaction ". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Planet_Index