A study by statistician Nic Marks and his organization, the New Economics Foundation, found that you can increase your happiness by doing these 5 things . . .
1. Connect with your loved ones and build strong social relationships.
2. Be physically active.
3. Be aware of the world around you, locally and globally.
4. Engage your curiosity and keep learning your whole life.
5. Give. Donate money or time to others.
Actually, these findings were part of a presentation Marks made on the need for countries to increase the well-being and happiness of its citizens without doing environmental damage.
Marks’ statistics show that the countries of the world are becoming less efficient at using the earth’s resources. That is, the use of the earth’s resources is increasing much faster than is our well-being.
The goal of countries, says Marks, should be to increase the well-being and happiness of its citizens in an earth-friendly way.
Right now, one country is doing that better than the others.
Is it the United States? No. Great Britain? No. Another Western country? Nope. How about some super-rich Gulf State? No, again.
The country that is providing the most well-being and happiness with the least environmental cost is . . .
According to a recent Gallup poll, Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world. And they achieved this distinction while using about 1/4 of the earth’s resources that the U.S. and other Western nations use.
Perhaps the key is that environmental friendliness is policy in Costa Rica which has a declared goal of being carbon neutral by 2021. Already, 99% of Costa Rica’s electricity comes from renewable sources.
Very interesting, don’t you think?