Move over, Disneyland! According to data from Instagram, the real happiest place on Earth is a lot farther south.... in gorgeous Brazil! Whether it's because of the sandy beaches, the year-round sunshine, or the amazing food and culture, Brasil is home to some of the happiest people.
Jetpac City Guides compiled the controversial list based on Instagram data and shared photos. Basically, the app searches photos for smiles and awards each locale a "smile score." Brazilians apparently love to "say cheese" in their snapshots, because the Latin American hotspot took home the top prize.
Need proof? Here are five reasons Brazilians are the happiest people ever:
1. The Beaches
According to Jetpac, the data showed a direct correlation between the amount of exposed chests in photos... and amount of smiles! It's no wonder Brazil won, when it's home to so many fabulous beaches. Instagram user maariveloso posted this gorgeous shot of a playa in Rio de Janeiro.
2. The Food & Drinks
Sunny beaches and cool drinks -- what could be better? Instagrammer Clarisse_Jsc snapped a shot of an authentic Brazilian refreshment: the caipirinha.
3. The Lifestyle
Brazil is all about sea, sand, sunshine, and smiles. Instagram user coisasbrasileiras took a pic of smiling teenage boys making the best of a bad situation, and enjoying themselves following a flood.
4. The Landscape
“Paradise here in Brazil!!!” wrote Instagram user glayconaugusto. We have to agree -- this view is breathtaking!
5. The Culture
Instagram user Sashyajay smiles in full costume as she sambas the night away!