Latin American Countries Becoming Happier, Study Finds


Ever considered moving to a different country? It looks like Latin America is a good bet!

According to the 2013 World Happiness Report, Latin America showed the most improvement and potential for becoming the happiest region in the world. While Northern Europe still dominated the rankings, Latin America and the Caribbean showed a significant increase in average happiness. 

The report, which analyzed 156 countries, ranked them from most happy to least happy. The findings were based off national statistics and surveys used to assess people’s satisfaction with life and emotional well-being.

If you’re looking to make the move down south, your best bet is Costa Rica, which boasted the highest score in Latin America, placing twelfth place overall.  Panama, 15, and Mexico, 16, closely followed. 

Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, and Bolivia all ranked in the top 50. 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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