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How To Achieve Happiness

.:{Joy, Smiles, Glee, Elation, Sprinkles, Bliss}:.

Wanting a little bit more happiness in your life? Ooh yay, me too. Please do read on.

In my last blog post, The One Thing That Really Matters, I use what I’ve experienced in the US and Costa Rica to explain my take on the priorities in life—matters that will ultimately provide a happier life. And, sorry money. Although you’ve seduced the US, you’re flirtations are just not cutting it in other countries.

This morning, my mom sent me the link to John de Graaf’s article, The Progressive Politics of Happiness, featured in Gary Null’s Guide to Natural Living. This article is the more spruced up, wordy, fact friendly, snazzy and verifiable version of my recent blog post.

Please take 5 minutes to read the article—perhaps accompanied by an aromatic cup ‘o joe or jazzy cup of tea…mmmm…

Don’t believe Mr. de Graff? Well, considering Costa Rica follows these guidelines and is the happiest country in the world by several happiness-measuring scales (for more specifics, read here), I think his article may have some truth to it.

Pura Vida = Happiness


June 14, 2010 at 5:22 am Leave a comment

The One Thing That Really Matters

.:{Hint Hint: It’s Not Money}:.

Tonight was very interesting for me. My host mom’s family that lives in the states, in Florida, is here visiting for the week. They are very nice people, but they embody the “American Stereotype” ie: only like to eat fast food—and a lot of it— like to have a lot of money, and enjoy quantity over quality.

I was talking with the dad, who used to live in Costa Rica, about if he would ever move back here or what his thoughts were about the two countries. His answer was very interesting. He immediately started talking about money. And his job. And more about money. And how he does not like his job at all, but it’s good money. And how life would be better if he didn’t have to work as much. But at least he can go to nice restaurants and has a big house and can buy a lot of stuff right?

It was in that moment, when our conversation straddled my two worlds, that I realized the main thing that I love about Costa Rica.

People here, at least where I live, don’t have a lot of money. I mean they have money, but not in grandiose amounts by any means. They have simple houses, enjoy simple but, delicious, fresh food, if they buy something they take care of it so that it lasts, they reuse most things (ie: almost all the soap in bathrooms here is in old water bottles instead of buying a new bottle of soap every time), they appreciate their health, and they don’t have a lot, but what they do have is plenty. Not once, here, have I heard someone talking about their job as though it is the worst thing ever, as though it encompasses their lives, as though it is the primary reason for living. Not once. Ever. Coming from the states where almost everyone complains about their job on a daily basis, and often center their lives around their career, it’s pretty remarkable. Here they just seem to have their priorities in line, ya know? It’s like, yeah, maybe I don’t earn crazy amounts of money, but that’s not the most important thing in life.

In fact, the other day, my host sister’s husband was talking about this exact thing. He said, “The only that really matters in life is your health. If you are healthy and happy that’s all you need. If you have a lot of money, but have some terrible disease, the money doesn’t matter. Taking care of yourself is what matters”

But why are we so disconnected from this in the states? I mean, it’s not like I have traveled the world or anything, but I have been to a decent number of places and this seems to be the consensus everywhere but the US.

QUALITY over quantity.

The basics of life come first, and are the priority.

It’s an understanding about what really matters in life.

For that, Costa Rica, I am grateful for you.

Muchas Gracias

June 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

Advice From A Tree

.:{Leaves of Wisdom}:.

Saw this poster in the restaurant, “Bread and Chocolate,” in Puerto Viejo and loved it.

The Poster says:

*Stand tall and proud * Sink your roots into the Earth  * Be content with your natural beauty * Go out on a limb * Drink plenty of water * Remember your roots * Enjoy the view!


June 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm Leave a comment

The Key to Feeling Healthy and Happy

.:{My Body Rejects the USA}:.


My first morning back in Costa Rica I wake up to a not-so-happy Kelsey. Let’s just say that every part of me, my skin, my stomach, my head, my face…everything was angry. Yup. My body had floundered after being in the states for less than a week. I had no idea how healthy and happy my body was in Costa Rica until I introduced it to life outside of Costa Rica, specifically the synthetic, sugar-filled, over-processed life of the USA.

Now granted, I had probably experienced a lot of mental stress in leaving CR and coming back, and the climate of CR is very different from dry Colorado, which would definitely affect my body, but my transformation was a little extreme for that.

One of the big things I have learned during my time in Costa Rica is the importance of home-made, natural food. The food here is one of my favorite parts of the culture. And although I already knew this, the more time I spend in CR, the more I realize just how much our food affects our daily health. When almost all of your meals are made of freshly picked fruits and vegetables paired with other unprocessed and natural food, you just feel so much better.

In Costa Rica, I feel healthier. It’s like a glowing feeling. A lighter feeling. And I was so used to it that I didn’t even realize how great I felt until I experienced the States and my body freaked out. This was made even more apparent during this last week when Ray and Jen came and visited (which I still have to write about-it’s in the works). I mean, I came back from the states and over the 5 days that I was back before they came and visited I finally started feeling better and back to my normal self. However, when we were in Puerto Viejo we were eating junk food or really not junk food, it wasn’t anything that is super bad for you, and we actually ate at some awesome, all-natural restaurants, but we just had a lot of pre-packaged things that, again, I don’t normally eat here and I felt my body start to wig-out. Sure enough, everything started acting up again in Puerto Viejo (definitely not as extreme but there was a noticeable difference). And now, after being back to my usual Costa Rican life and food my body feels awesome, my skin is glowing, and I’m feeling good.

Definitely something I intend on keeping up when I come back.

May 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm 2 comments


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