Are you looking for the next land of opportunity? Does talk of massive government debt, bankruptcies, foreclosures and unemployment have you singing the blues? Escapeartist is about to provide you with an insider tip to the next ‘in’ location. We are talking about a location where all the smart money is moving to, a country vast with resources, a beautiful culture and probably the most attractive women on planet earth. (It’s true) –
Names like Sam Zell (Billionaire) and Carlos Slim (Billionaire) and many others are investing in Colombia right now. Why are they investing? Why are tourism rates in Colombia skyrocketing? Why is the Colombian stock market returning double digit returns? Why is Colombia leading the Latin American rim in attracting foreign direct investment?
Escapeartist has the insider scoop on Colombia and we are going global with it! – We were on the front lines of Costa Rica, Belize, Dominican Republic, Argentina and NOW Colombia!
Escapeartist has partnered with Investment Group Colombia to provide our readers with authoritative articles that are written by Escapeartist readers who actually live the Colombia Escapeartist Dream right now. Escapeartist over the next few months will be providing special coverage of Colombia and we will be getting the truth from the ‘frontline’ early adopters, the market mavens, pioneers of the international Colombia lifestyle!
Our intention is to create a tsunami of awareness for Colombia over the next year and you are getting the very first newsletter that we have published on Colombia – Nothing like being at the right place at the right time… right before 15 million people learn about this beautiful country – Colombia is Passion!
Please enjoy the first of three Special Edition Colombia Ezine – This month we covered Bogota, in March we will cover Medellin and in April we will feature the romantic ciudad of Cartagena.
Now, go on and get your insider tip and learn more about Happiness in Colombia
That is the primary question along with the corresponding multiple-choice answers that are available in the annual “Worlds Happiest Countries” survey. Compiling their “World Values Surveys” (WVS) for over 20 years, the results of this University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research report are considered THE most authoritative by “happiness researchers” (Yes, that is a job title!) world-wide. And notably, as vague and broad as that question may seem, Colombia has ranked in the top twenty for the World’s Happiest Countries during most of that time!
But, even more notably, when you add the results of the second question into the mix, you will find that Colombia has ranked in the top ten for the majority of those years, has been in the top five for several of the years, and has held the first place position as the Worlds Happiest Country more than once!
We at Investment Group Colombia (IGC) are certainly interested in, and even dedicated to “happiness.”
It is our goal and desire at IGC to not only experience happiness and fulfillment, but to provide you, our clients and friends, the means and methods of increasing the happiness and fulfillment quotient in your own lives. Both financially and experientially (mentally, emotionally, spiritually), Colombia possesses such a diversified wealth of culture, geography, and opportunity as to satisfy almost anyone looking to make a life-style change or enhance their financial portfolio. And with Investment Group Colombia’s first-hand, feet-on-the-ground experience in Colombia, we can assure you that Colombia is indeed a “happy” and wonderfully satisfying place to be.
So what is the second and seemingly more determining question in the World Values Survey?
..…”All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?”
When combining the data and the results from these two questions, the WVS is able to determine and measure the overall “subjective well-being” of the survey participants. Often considered synonymous with happiness, subjective well-being is a more accurate indicator of personal happiness, according to WVS director, Dr. Ron Inglehart.
And “subjective well-being” IS what life is all about, right? There are many things that can contribute to ones happiness—faith, love, friends, family, health, wealth, etc. But ultimately, it is “attitude” that determines how we view our world, how satisfied we are with our surroundings, and how happy we are in life. Plain, but not always so simple, “attitude” is always a choice. It goes without saying, no society, no people—no person — is ever perfect. But in regards to having a good, healthy perspective on life; in regards to having an admirable “attitude,” my personal experience has shown that Colombians, as a whole, excel.
In spite of, and even during the course of, decades of civil unrest, violence, poverty, and fear, Colombian attitudes have remained positive and hopeful. And probably more than anything else, it is this attitude and hopefulness that has propelled the beautiful country of Colombia into a new age of growing prosperity, peace, and security. An Invamer Gallup survey published by Caracol Broadcasting reached essentially the same conclusion as the WVS; Colombians are the happiest citizens of Latin America and are among the happiest people in the world.
According to the Invamer Gallup-Caracol survey, 13% of the Colombian population says they have suffered hunger, 21% have endured chronic illness, 25% have dealt with intense sadness, and 17% have experienced recurring depression. Of that same group of respondents, however, 52% said that they feel secure, 95% felt respected by others, 77% said they wanted to have more days like the present, 61% have a plan to improve their life, 68% feel that it is possible to progress by working, and a full 11% said that they were experiencing the best time of their life (the World average response is only 4%)! …that is resiliency folks! …that is determination, and drive, and focus, and hopefulness acted upon!
In short, as the Invamer Gallup-Caracol survey concludes, “Colombian life is intensive and dynamic but that in general Colombians are strong both before and during adversity because their focus is upon positive perspectives and subjective happiness.”
That most Colombians think that the situation of their country is much better now than what it was five years ago, and that they think that things will continue to improve considerably over the next 15 years is also indicative of their positive, optimistic attitude. 43% of Colombians think that the situation of the country will improve considerably even in the next five years. And this is not only indicative of the peoples attitude, it is also highly indicative of the direction that the country as a whole WILL CONTINUE to take, because it is not the success of the country that drives the peoples attitude… it is the attitude of the people that drives the success of the country.
But for many outsiders, the question still remains: With its history of unrest, kidnappings, and violence, how can Colombia possibly rank as one of the world’s happiest countries? Writer Albeiro Rodas of the Colombia Passport states that, looking to the international press and media about Colombia you would think that Colombians have lived under the law of terror and suffering, but that is not the case. Rodas theorizes that the key element of this phenomena, the ability to be happy in spite of circumstances, is the strong will to overcome difficulties common to all Colombians. Rodas goes on to say that it is not, therefore, the “happiness” of a self-satisfied grinning idiot sitting and sucking honey from his finger-tips that is being touted, but more one of a complex meaning. Maybe it would be better described as “optimism” rather than happiness.
Whatever the case, we at Investment Group Colombia truly believe that while Colombia has been exceedingly blessed by its richness of geology, geography, and culture, it is the richness of her people that is the driving force behind the ever brightening future of this amazing country. Will Colombia continue to shine and prosper? Absolutely! …her people virtually guarantee it! As the Colombian Ministry of Tourism claims (and we at IGC whole-heartedly concur!), Colombia IS passion. But it is important to remember that “passion” is not an entity unto itself. Passion is an expression, a noun, a word that requires people or a person to give it presence—Colombia’s people are her passion.
So come, join in the happiness! Experience Colombia’s passion… experience Colombia’s people… It is with their attitude of “we can” that “they will.”
If you would like more information about the exciting and rewarding opportunities of visiting, living, or investing in Colombia, please request our Investors Guide to Colombia by CLICKING HERE.