Original Posting At http://godlifechurch.me/2016/04/25/discovering-your-happy-place/
If there was a place in the world where you can guarantee that you would laugh more, feel more content, where happiness and positivity would be your companion more consistently than they are today.
Are you feeling, downcast, oppressed? Is it a struggle to remember the last time you smiled or laughed?
Would you want to discover where that place is and in discovering where that place is, would you move there? Or at least want to learn from their way of life that would help us be more happy?
Because ‘they’ have found the most positive place on the planet, for real! This location is sunny, hot, its people are friendly, content and happy. To live there does not cost a lot in terms of finances. It has history, ancient monuments beautiful vistas, incredible waterfalls, this place teams with life. It has earned itself the right to call itself the most positive place on the planet.
The most positive place on the planet is the small, beautiful landlocked nation of Paraguay scores and amazing 89/100 in terms of national feeling of positivity and well-being.
The Science Bit:
Let me explain how this has been defined. Questions were asked of people across the globe, simple and basic questions about their general state of well-being and happiness.
The Gallup poll asked such questions like, “did you feel well rested yesterday? Did you learn something it’s interesting or did you smile all laugh yesterday…”
The people of Paraguay are simply happy, their country is not wealthy by any standards, in fact is ranks 111 in global financial rankings a couple of points above Jamaica and next to the Ukraine. Paraguay finds itself 100 points behind the United States of America.
It’s economy is predominantly rural and focused around a mining, it is a fledgeling democracy having endured years of harsh dictatorships and 30-50% of its population are defined as poor.
Yet it’s people are predominantly happy, happier and more positive than its US neighbour in North America which is 10 points behind, the uk is 14 points less happy. Moreover the index tells us the next nine places after Paraguay that are the most positive, are filled with countries from south America.
These are countries that are predominantly Christian, (93%) and these are countries that remind us, that money does not bring happiness.
The Bible tells it to us over and over again, that material wealth does not, cannot, make us happy, earn us true love, or indeed eternal salvation. Lessons that these countries in South America seem to intrinsically understand, they have a wisdom about life that we do well to listen to.
What might we learn from these nations of positivity? I suggest you do that journey, dig deep into their culture and way of life, discover for yourself what it is that makes them tick. And then when you’ve found it, that nuggets of wisdom that offers you peace. Hold on to it, share it if you like, but hold on to it and allow its light to change you.