Archive - July, 2011

Costa Rica Epilogue – Do you Know What you want from Life? You may already have it…

I love a good story. I always have, from early childhood with mom reading “Cat and the Hat” other bedtime stories. I guess they remind me of that childlike joy and wonder, of simpler times, and innocence. They were my first lessons in reading. But they were also my first moral lessons of honorable and heroic behavior, the human condition, and the choices that we make throughout life that define our destiny.

From the epic tales of Homer, the myths of Hercules, Aesop’s fables, Grimm fairy tales, and the parables of Jesus I have learned history and made friends across the ages. And it is amazing how I still remember those stories, those heroes and villains, and the morals and wisdom that they imparted that are timeless and universal across cultures. Continue Reading…

Pura Vida – Why is Costa Rica “The happiest place on earth”?

I just came back from a week vacation in Costa Rica and it far exceeded my expectations-and I am a seasoned traveler who has seen much of the world. I expected to see lush rain forests, active volcanoes, exotic plants and animals, and pristine beaches-and it lived up to that vision as the most lush place that I have ever seen. National Geographic calls it “the most biologically diverse place on the planet”. But I also expected this lushness to be accompanied by hot and humid (it was 80 with light breeze), full of mosquitoes and bugs (minimal), dirt roads (paved and safe all the way), and a little seedy (and there was some of that in the tourist areas only). Click on some Costa Rican Latin Jazz to feel the vibe 01 Congo Mulence

But I saw something else totally unexpected. Upon arriving, I was reminded that Costa Ricans (otherwise known as “Ticos”) have been evaluated by sociologists as either number one or two in the happiest index of all peoples worldwide (World Database of Happiness,2010).  Note that in the same happiness index, the United States rates surprisingly low for such an affluent country at 7.4 and 21st place. Continue Reading…