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Posted 19 December 2012 - 22:51

A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America.

Many of the seven do poorly in traditional measures of well-being, like Guatemala, a country torn by decades of civil war followed by waves of gang-driven criminality that give it one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Guatemala sits just above Iraq on the United Nations' Human Development Index, a composite of life expectancy, education and per capita income. But it ranks seventh in positive emotions.

"In Guatemala, it's a culture of friendly people who are always smiling," said Luz Castillo, a 30-year-old surfing instructor. "Despite all the problems that we're facing, we're surrounded by natural beauty that lets us get away from it all."

Gallup Inc. asked about 1,000 people in each of 148 countries last year if they were well-rested, had been treated with respect, smiled or laughed a lot, learned or did something interesting and felt feelings of enjoyment.

In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all five, putting those countries at the top of the list. They were followed closely by El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Guatemala, the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 22:53

Don't they have some pretty hot women?

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 23:03

These countries have some cheap weed and cocaine too ... coincidence ? :shifty:

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 23:53

They have a very healthy attitude toward life than many of us would do well to emulate. We worry and struggle too much over the small things.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 22:50

^ Like the Twinkie :p

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 23:31

You know why they are so happy-- they have the MAMBO :)



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 00:05

^ That and hot women explains a lot.