Why Are Mexicans Among the Happiest People in the World?

Words by Nicole Fuentes: Blue Zones

Why Are Mexicans Among the Happiest People in the World?

Over the past 15 years, I’ve developed an expertise at National Geographic around finding extraordinary populations and distilling their lessons for the rest of us.  My first Blue Zones books and articles focused on the world’s longest-lived people. But then I realized that living to 100 isn’t worth much unless you enjoy the journey.

In 2009, I begin researching the statistically happiest places in the world.  At the time, the best data pointed to an obscure region in northeastern Mexico—Nuevo Leon—as the happiest place in Latin America.  This surprised me because it’s just south of the Texas border, a place we often associate with poverty stricken immigrants. [Read more…]