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Despite poverty, inequality and violence, Mexicans consider themselves happy

Neither violence, insecurity, inequality or economic difficulties have reduced the level of happiness and satisfaction that Mexicans have, since the country ranks second among the happiest in Latin America.

According to World Happiness Report 2019, performed by the United Nations, in the region, Mexico ranks second among the happiest countries, just below Costa Rica.

Agree with the newspaper El Universal who addressed the information in the report, among the 156 nations included in the ranking, Mexico 23 ranked as opposed to the place 56 which the country has in terms of income level per inhabitant.

Although Japan is the third largest economy in the world, the Asian nation is in place 58 while family life (8,92), affective life (8.48 ) and the activities that they perform (8.32) are the aspects that the Mexicans emphasized feel greater satisfaction.

Health, social life, achievements and time free are other things that were considered in the report.

In Mexico, the aspects that gave their residents less luck were the status of their city, country and national security

In a range of 1 to 10, is the satisfaction that Mexicans have with their lives is 8.37, far above 7.67 registered in July 2013.

In addition to Costa Rica and Mexico, the Latin American nations with the highest joy index are Chile (located at the 26th global level), Guatemala (location 27), Panama (location 31), Brazil (position 32), Uruguay (at number 33), ] (35), ] Colombia (43) and Nicaragua (45).

For the British economist Richard Layard the seven factors of happiness are: family relationships, stable and rewarding work, society and friends, health, individual freedom, personal values ​​and financial situation.

As far as Mexico is concerned, even though the country is facing serious situations of poverty and uncertainty, there are other factors that contribute to the happiness of its inhabitants, such as the quality of their interpersonal relationships.

"This relational part is gratifying. There is less loneliness, reduces concern and concern and generates many positive effects, the feeling of being loved, appreciated is as important as eating," says Mariano Rojas, professor and researcher at FLACSO Mexico and UPAEP.

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