Happy?

I’m back in the second-happiest country in the world, after a short break in the 37th.

Yes, Colombia has again performed strongly in the happiness stakes, with an “overall net happiness index” of +87, second only to Fiji  (+92) in a poll conducted by Gallup.

The UK is mid-table, at +42, one point behind Afghanistan.

The question asked is: “In general, do you personally feel very happy, happy, neither happy nor unhappy, unhappyor very unhappy about your life.”

Here is a fascinating explication of the phenomenon of Colombian happiness from a professor in political communication at a Bogotá University called Carlos Arias, This explains that when human beings find something in reality that generates imbalance, we look for a counterweight. In this case, faced with gaps and economic, political and social uncertainties, Colombians seek to mitigate the despair that reality produces with a positive attitude. It’s a brain mechanism.

In other words, it’s a way to cope.

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