Top Ten Happiest Cities in the World

September 12, 2009

We’re going through a lot of changes right now with our business and the past several weeks have been the most stressful that we’ve ever been through. I’m sure we’ll get through it as we always do. I just tell myself every morning “This too shall pass.” (Actually, I say that about fifty times during the day.)

What does that have to do with the World’s Happiest Cities?

Well, since you asked, I’ll tell ya. While in the middle of this huge transition, I find myself thinking about what it means to really be happy and to have true inner peace. I even wonder if it’s possible to live a stress-free life? Could you really live a happier life just because you’re living in a different environment?

I’ve always wanted to go to Rio de Janeiro, but since I heard that it was voted The Happiest City in the World, I WANT TO GO NOW!!  This might even get put at the top of my bucket list above Rome. (Don’t get hissed off at me BigSis, I’m not ditchin’ our dream vacation to Italy.)

I’m really curious to know what makes a city the happiest city in the world? For starters, just look at the place.

Leblon Beach

Leblon Beach

Another Rio de Janeiro

Stunning views

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Beach (Flickr Photo by over_kind_man)

Ipanema Beach (Flickr Photo by over_kind_man)

Forbes recently named the Top Ten Happiest Cities in the World. Here’s the complete list.

  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2. Sydney, Australia
  3. Barcelona, Spain
  4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  5. Melbourne, Australia
  6. Madrid, Spain
  7. San Francisco, USA
  8. Rome, Italy
  9. Paris, France
  10. Buenos Aires, Argentina

It’s sad that there’s only one US city on the list. The results were compiled from 10,000 online interviews from people living in twenty countries. Still, the concept of happiness is pretty tough to quantify. This study is more of a survey of the respondents’ perception of happiness than actual reality.

The study says “Brazil is associated with all the qualities of good humor and good living and Carnival”. Carnival is very important- it’s the classic image that people have of Rio, and it’s an image of happiness.

You can actually buy an apartment in Rio for $25,000 and beachfront homes just an hour away for less than $250,000. That’s a heck of a lot cheaper than here in California! Now all I need to do is figure out how people make a living there. I think I need to take a trip there to check it out.

I don’t think HayHay would mind too much if we uprooted him to move to Brazil. The surfing is supposed to be pretty good in Rio!


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4 Comments so far

  1. Posted by BigSis

    September 13, 20097:15 am

    I’ll go to Rio with you, LilSis! You know I’m not one to pass on a beach vacation!

  2. Posted by grace

    September 13, 20099:42 am

    i have to wonder who they surveyed to determine this. san francisco? really? regardless, i’d be perfectly content to live in any of the other cities, and i’m dying to even visit most of them!
    .-= grace´s last blog post … a misnomer =-.

  3. Posted by girlichef

    September 19, 200912:39 pm

    Seriously!! I’d take ANY of those locations!!! (even SanFran…guess that’s cuz I’ve never been there) :)
    .-= girlichef´s last blog post … Baking with The Ungourmet… =-.

  4. Posted by just me

    July 21, 201012:17 am

    Rio really i lived in Brazil for years Rio is happy for who maybe to visit but not to live there its also one of the most dangerous parts of Brazil but maybe that’s what makes it so happy every day you get home is a blessing because you didn’t get shot on the way there

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