Why are Colombians so happy?
One of the things that strike most international travelers going to Colombia is the happiness and joyfulness of Colombians.
Colombians are famous for being really friendly and happy people. According to several investigations and surveys Colombia was named the happiest country in the world in the years 2013 and 2014, and this year earned the second place. You might be wondering why they are so happy? Referring to several blogs (http://bananaskinflipflops.com/2014/10/26/why-are-colombians-so-happy/) and articles, we are pointing out a few major reasons why Colombians enjoy their life to the fullest with a wide smile on their face.
Struggle to survive
In Colombia things don’t just flow to you; you have to achieve it. Whether it’s a political negotiation or an everyday issue, like ensuring your personal security or a homeless man working for pennies and food. Colombians have had a rough history with violence, which forced them to struggle through every day being grateful for their and their families’ lives, and celebrate it. The more work you have to do for your achievement, the more you enjoy when it’s achieved.
There’s no defeat
In Colombian culture you don’t wave the white flag if you struggle with your achievement. Or at least, you don’t admit the defeat. Things can go very wrong and seem very impossible, but a Colombian reassures you and themselves by saying “things are good, no problem” until they have fought to the last point, figured out a solution and succeeded. On the other hand if a Colombian has to admit defeat, he also understands that life’s never fair and doesn’t expect too much.
You are never alone
Colombians are not lonely people. They avoid being alone and enjoy the most being surrounded by a lot of people with a lot of interacting. The relationship with the family is very tight, and they have a lot more respect to each other than in many other cultures. A Colombian is filled with love and happiness to spend time with the family, and never takes it as a chore that has to be done every once in a while. For a Colombian it is very normal to live with your family even the rest of your life. Besides family, Colombians always have a one to rely on: God. They are strongly catholic and lean on their religion every day.
Colombia is raising from the bottom and the only way is up. Life and its conditions are improving, economy is improving, cities are growing and more and more tourists are coming to discover Colombia. These improvements impact people as well; they are feeling the change and getting more possibilities. At the same time they don’t expect too much, which why Colombians are easy to make positively surprised. And now with the signing of the peace treaty between the FARC and the Government, future looks even brighter !
Surrounding things that makes one happy….
Colombia doesn’t have different seasons like winter, fall or spring; just a dry season and a rainy season. This means, that mostly all around the year Colombians enjoy warm weather and sunny days and get a lot of energy and C-vitamin. Who would be unhappy when you have sunshine all day and can walk around in light clothing while eating fresh Colombian fruits?
Salsa & Music
Music and dancing is in every Colombian’s heart. When a Colombian hears music, he doesn’t hesitate to enjoy it, whether it’s in a bar or metro. It’s just a natural instinct of a happy Colombian who enjoys life, not a cause of alcohol.
Holidays & Festivals
Colombians believe in resting every once in a while in their hectic life. There are a lot of holidays during the week (usually on Mondays), which gives Colombians a chance to enjoy longer weekends. Besides holidays, Colombians have many festivals to celebrate, for example the Black & White Festival in Pasto, the Barranquilla Carnival or the Flower Festival once a year in Medellin. It is an amazing festival with a big, colorful and dancing parade, and the whole city gathers to enjoy it. This kind of festivals are very popular all over Colombia, and they really make an effort to make it epic and beautiful.
Biodiversity & Beautiful places
Colombia has an amazing nature with the second largest biodiversity in the world. Colombia offers a lot of different areas to explore, whether you are seeking for a beach holiday with turquoise sea, jungle adventure and exploring the wilderness in the Amazon, or spending a relaxed country weekend at a finca in the countryside of Antioquia’s coffee region. Colombians do even have to exit the country to travel; they have it all.
These are just few things out of many, many others that make Colombians happy. Now you understand that it is not a lie, when you hear people talking or read articles how Colombia is the happiest country in the world. You don’t need material to be genuinely happy; you just need good energy, an open mind, social skills and salsa lessons. Be happy like the Colombians ! 🙂