These are the happiest cities in the world!

By Sergio González | 10:25

Rio de Janeiro is clearly heaven on Earth

Do you live in a happy, healthy environment? How much are we affected by joy around us? How can we tell if a place is happy or not? Who measures that?

Well, maybe these are too ambitious questions and we should simply stick to ‘the happiest cities in the world’ but we’ll give a try along the way because we are too curious after all.

What makes you happy about leaving in a place rather than another? Be fair and discard ‘being in love’ because every place rocks when you are under Cupid’s spell.

So, is having cool outdoors nearby, chic shopping centers, cultural options or performing arts going on all the year round? If this is your choice, you agree with GfK Customer Research and you should start learning some Portuguese to move to Rio de Janeiro #1. San Francisco #7 is the only American city in the list -ranked almost as ‘good for shopping’ as Paris #9.

Australia is the best place in the Southern Hemisphere with two cities -Melbourne #5 and Sydney #2- in the top 10. Same goes for Spain, Madrid #6 and Barcelona #3. Why not discover the source of happiness that is flowing in Spain?

Want to feel even more joyful? Our ‘Summer Hot Deals’  are still on and you can save 25% of your trip to blissful nirvana. Check out our pieces of heaven on Earth in the top 10 list: Buenos Aires’ #10 thriving arts scene, Rome’s #8 cultural offer and Amsterdam’s #4 restaurants, bars and nightlife.

 The web is clustered with an infographic posted last spring by convos.com, a localization sharing app based in Hong-Kong. Well, clearly everyone benefits from living close to a preserved environment, full of vegetation and most of us love traveling and discovering beautiful and interesting cities, but is our happiness really placed in attending pop concerts and buying at up-scale stores? 

Amazing beaches, one of the many reasons why ‘Barcelona is so happy’

According to Dan Buettner, National Geographic writer and explorer, ‘not in a million years’.  In his book Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, Dan researched what the happiest people in the world value the most and he found out that it’s social networks and well-being. Singapore and Århus, a middle-sized city in Denmark, are the happiest cities in the world because they are clean and safe (way to go, Singapore) and have a thriving cultural life and the heck of a well-fare system (‘cheers’ to the Danes).

On the other hand, San Luis Obispo in California and Monterrey (Mexico) , despite not showing high income levels or job opportunities, rank best because here people are what matters. 260k people live in San Luis Obispo, 64k volunteers in more than 11k non-profit organizations. If you’re wondering how that’s possible, here’s a hint: ten minute commuting on average allows people time to bond in real life. 

Same goes for Monterrey and strong Mexican family values. Families in Mexico involve grandparents, uncles, aunts and virtually everybody -including neighbors- in your everyday life. It’s kind of messy sometimes, it gives you the comfort of always having somebody to count on, for good.

Dan has some other interesting theories about where are the best places to live, what he call the Blue Zones, five cities across the globe where people live the longest.

We’ve reached such a point where happiness and longevity are being discussed, it becomes a problem in need of an Asian philosophy master or an experienced traveler willing to discover the happiest cities in the world. Want to give it a try?

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