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Where is the Happiest Place on Earth

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Feb 10, 2015


By Conrad McGarvey

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Last updated on November 6th, 2020 at 05:57 am

Where is the Happiest Place on Earth!

Happiest Place on Earth

Paraguay leads the world for the sixth consecutive year atop the Gallup Positive Experience Index.

Proving that South America is the Happiest Place on Earth! Move over, Disneyland, because South America may just be a happier place than even the Magical Kingdom itself. Visit Paraguay as soon as possible.

Once again, nice of the top 10 happiest nations in the world are Latin American countries. Several South American nations provide evidence that money is not necessarily the key to happiness.

Perhaps somewhat astonishingly, that good health does not always create the happiest population either.

Being the richest country, like Qatar, or having the longest life expectancy, such as Japan, doesn’t appear to give a country an advantage in fostering a happy population.

Happiest Place on Earth Gallup Index

As the above chart shows based upon the latest analysis, Paraguay comes first when combining the five elements of well-being (Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical) to obtain the rate of overall happiness.

This means that Paraguay’s population feels at a higher level of thriving compared to other populations.

Less is more

Despite that, the highest financial well-being is dominated by northern and central European countries. (with Sweden as the leader followed by Austria, Denmark, and the Netherlands). South America is leading in almost all other elements.

What makes Paraguay such a consistent performer in this Index along with neighbors like Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela?

The reason for this consistency may be the cultural tendency to reflect, to focus on the positives in life, be friendly, respectful, and smile all the time. Visit Colombia as soon as possible.

But also, some experts agree that when you have less you might lose less; you are used to living with problems so you just learn to live, concentrating your mind on the positives.

One other important reason to consider is what Luz Castillo said, “people are always surrounded by natural beauty and that’s what helps them to face their problems,” allowing South Americans a natural escape from negative experiences.

All these explanations lead us to think about the real conditions of happiness and about the way of life of others.

Happiest Place on Earth Map


Based on all of this happy news, SouthAmerica.travel can imagine that you might like to see exactly where the happiest people are located. Some of our most popular South America Tours will allow you to go and learn about these gorgeous cultures and find out what leads them to such a happy way of life.

The Happy Map

As the map above illustrates, almost every South American country ranks well in the Positive Experience Index. Paraguay, Colombia, and Venezuela leading the way, followed by Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. Visit Brazil as soon as possible.

This Gallup analysis of 1,333 adults in 135 countries, aged 15 and older. Interviews were based on 5 elements of well-being; Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical.

It is a global barometer of the individuals’ perceptions of their well-being, where each element is important on its own.

But they are also interdependent for the results. After analyzing these results Gallup classifies them as “thriving, struggling or suffering.”

So, do you agree that South America is the Happiest Place on Earth?

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