Latin America is the Happiest Place in the World
by Dilek on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Is being happy directly related to social welfare and a high standard of living strongly associated with developed countries? Considering the results obtained from an international survey conducted by Gallup Inc., this might not always be the case.
The results suggest that Latin America is the happiest place in the world. 1000 people from 148 countries took the survey and answered questions such as “Do you laugh a lot?” and “Did you feel well-rested yesterday?”
The rankings of nations such as Guatemala have risen in terms of well-being. Regardless of political or economic challenges in certain countries, people report that they smile often and feel positive. Countries like Panama and Paraguay are the most positive in Latin America followed by El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador and Costa Rica.
The study confirms the generalized, positive reputation residents of many Latin American countries have in terms of friendliness, maintaining a positive outlook on life and placing a high value on family, friends and religion.
To enjoy life in Latin America and learn Spanish in a friendly environment, check out our Spanish language schools in the world’s happiest countries.
Antigua, Guatemala: Literally called Ancient Guatemala, this city was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-protected remains of colonial churches and Spanish Baroque architecture. The city has a relatively small population (nearly 35.000) and you’ll get to learn Spanish just 4 blocks away from the Plaza Central. You’ll also discover Guatamala’s rich culture while exploring this historic city. Antigua is a popular destination for students from Europe and North America that come to learn Spanish through language immersion.
Quito, Ecuador: San Francisco de Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, was one of the first World Heritage Sites to be acknowledged (1978). Beautiful natural landscapes and colonial architecture help make this an attractive Spanish language study destination. The city sits 9,350 feet (2,800 meters) above sea level, a location that offers amazing views of volcanic formations. Popular activities here include bird watching and visiting lively market places.
Latin America offers not only language immersion but also exciting cultural activities you can participate in while expanding your Spanish skills and enjoying the nice company of the people that ranked number one as the happiest people in the world.
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