In recent years, as well as being one of the top vacation destinations in the world, Mexico has become a retirement hotspot, which draws in tens of thousands of people year on year. It’s more than just the pristine beaches, crystalline waters, and sun-soaked promises of adventure that keep people choosing the country, however; Mexico is now considered one of the happiest places in the world!

Top for happiness

Mexico News Daily broke this story while citing information gathered by Gallup, the Happy Planet Index, New Economics Foundation, and the World Happiness Report, and places Mexico second in the world, beaten only by Costa Rica. What’s interesting about this is that despite having an economy five times smaller than the USA, Mexico ranked higher for happiness. Money clearly isn’t everything, then, but what is it that makes Mexico and its residents so happy?

Wellbeing and happiness

Wellbeing is somewhat of a catch-all term that can be used to describe an overall feeling of satisfaction with one’s life and choices; it can be defined as “the state of being comfortable, happy, and/or healthy”. While pretty much everyone on earth has room for improvement in their lives, it would seem that the people in Mexico who were surveyed have certainly found a way to enjoy life despite any shortcomings. Perhaps this high level of happiness comes from appreciating the little things and focusing on the positives rather than the negatives, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Long Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy is 76.4 years old, so long and healthy lives are very much the norm. This, no doubt, has something to do with the affordable private and national healthcare which can be found across the country, but the lifestyle has its part to play, too. The pace here is slower than in places like the US, and the relaxed outlook is definitely part of the smaller number of stress related issues.


Though most people would agree that having enough to get by with is a priority, the pressure to become wealthy isn’t the necessarily the same in Mexico. According to the article, the lower cost of living that can be found in Mexico allows people to have a good standard of life on relatively little money; people can live quite well on even modest incomes. In fact, everything from healthcare to housing and food is cheaper here.

A Slower-Paced Lifestyle

The lifestyle, as we have mentioned before, is much slower, too, and we feel that this is one of the most appealing things about living here. The laid back atmosphere is really great, and though it may get on your nerves if you’re in a rush it’s still very easy to appreciate how good it must be for the people who really get into it. Less chaos, less stress, and a happier, healthier life.

This difference in attitude can be seen in the work life balance; while most people in Mexico work six days a week this does not stop them from living life to the fullest!

So, how would you feel about making Mexico your home away from home? For more information about buying real estate in the second happiest country in the world explore the rest of this website or give us a call to find out about real estate in Cabo San Lucas or the Riviera Nayarit.

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