The World Happiness Report represents a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The first report was published in 2012, the second in 2013, and the third on April 23, 2015. The report tries to gather the state of happiness throughout the world. Overall, according to the report’s authors, such reports “reflect a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as a criteria for government policy.”
Mexico generally scores well in such reports. The state of Jalisco, Mexico has made happiness a central state objective, owing to the focus on happiness in Mexico. In this year’s World Happiness Report, Mexico rates 14th in overall happiness, ahead of the United States.
In the following charts, change in happiness from 2005-2007 and 2012-2014 are compared. You see Mexico has grown happier during the period, while the US has grown less happy.
In a Pew Research Center report, which asked respondents in 43 nations to measure happiness in each on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 representing the highest, Mexico scored a 79% satisfaction rate, representing a shift in what The Economist has called a “fraying link between happiness and income.” Mexico, in that survey, was the happiest country.
Individuals living in countries with advanced economies such as Germany, France, Japan, and the US answered with a median of 53% of having a comfortable and gratifying life. Other latin countries, like Venezuela and Brazil, did not fare far behind Mexico, showing highly satisfying lives according to the survey.
What makes Mexico such a happy country? Well, in the MexResorts blog we have highlighted some of the reasons. For one, Mexico’s food is some of the best on the planet. But, there’s so much more. Mexicans don’t watch the clock; they drink good tequila; their natural surroundings are breathtaking; great music; moeny is not so important. Even the beer is getting better!
In his book “Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zone Way,” Dan Buettner discussed Mexico’s happiness. How was the country so happy despite such economic issues? He asked, “why are some people happy and others not? He began the chapter talking about sunshine, vitamin D, which he referred to as the “happy vitamin.” Religion and family are important in Mexico, according to Buettner, and worldwide research has showed that religious people are happier than the nonreligious. Socializing with friends and family is important also to Mexicans, and happens oftentimes at religious events.
Mexico’s neighbor to the north, the US, has lower happiness, while putting a lot of emphasis on money. It is home to some of the most expensive places in the world to live. It would be smart for many Americans to travel south of the border to Mexico to get a taste of a slower, sunnier way of living.
Mexico is definitely an emerging economy, with world famous gastronomy and a growing wine scene in Baja, California. Mexico City is home to three of the world’s top 50 restaurants as ranked by “The World’s 50 Best.” If you’d like to visit some of the world’s happiest people, then MexResorts can lead the way. We offer the most inexpensive vacation package deals for Mexico.