Life in the Central American paradise of Costa Rica offers expats more than just beautiful scenery and warm weather; it also provides peace of mind. Studies show Costa Ricans and expats who live there are happier thanks to a stable, non-invasive government and a lifestyle that encourages healthier choices. Simply put, people in Costa Rica are less stressed and that gives them more energy to get out and enjoy their lives. The Happy Planet Index, which is maintained by sociologists who study happiness in world cultures, indicates that the happiest people in the world live in Costa Rica … as if the scenery weren’t enough. For more on this continue reading the following article from International Living.
Ben Hill says “I was a junk food junkie…stopping at every 7-11 and buying a bag of chips and a coke, a candy bar…but now I eat healthy food, I feel better, I’m more flexible and I weigh a lot less than I did back in California.”
Andy Browne says “My wife and I walk on the beach every day and we’ve both lost about 30 pounds.”
Jan Tilston says “We’ve lost weight and we’re healthier, but even more, we’re happier…”
What is it about a change in latitude that translates to a change in attitude? Expats will tell you that two things happen when they move overseas:
1) They feel like a weight has been lifted from their shoulders, and 2) That leads to a healthier lifestyle and weight loss.
Healthier and happier. We hear that over and over from IL readers who move to Costa Rica.
Todd Cutter says “Costa Rica offers true freedom. They say that about the U.S., but Costa Rica really does offer true freedom.” No one bothers you here, the government is non-invasive and stable, there aren’t people protesting in the streets…people are happy.
Those aren’t just empty words. Sociologists have actually proven that Costa Ricans are the happiest people on the planet—in something called the Happy Planet Index.
Todd has great advice to share: “Look internally and know yourself to know what kind of lifestyle you’re after. If you’re looking for ease of transition,” like shopping, medical care, social events, and a larger and more diverse expat community, “think about settling in the Central Valley towns of Escazú or Santa Ana. National Geographic says this is where you’ll find one of the top five climates in the world!”
Todd says there’s another big difference between Costa Rica and North America.
Costa Rica—and especially its Central Valley—is booming economically. That’s apparent if you spend any time at all here. Costa Ricans drive nice cars, live in nice homes, they’re well educated (the literacy rate here is 99%), they’re attractive and well dressed…and very few are tired, grumpy or overweight.
This article was republished with permission from International Living.