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Harvard, Happiness, and Joya: What These 3 Things Have in Common

Warm waters, lush jungles, delicious food…it’s hard not to be happy when you visit the Nicoya Peninsula, the region of Costa Rica where we live. In fact, the Nicoya Peninsula has been called one of the happiest and healthiest places on the planet by not only visitors, but by scientists and researchers.



In 2005, the Nicoya Peninsula was identified in a National Geographic research study as one of the world’s five “Blue Zones” – a place where people live much longer than average. Considering that Costa Rica is not a first-world country with access to top medical resources and modern conveniences, this might seem like a striking revelation. But, according to a different study from Harvard University, it’s not that surprising. Harvard concluded that the happier the person, the longer and healthier life they will live.


And, since we have a lot of people living much longer than average here in Nicoya, it means people live much happier and healthier lives here.


The reason people are so happy here is simple: we prioritize the important things in life, like family, friends, and the environment. We take time to make and eat our meals with the ones we love, and we spend most of our days outside in our beautiful surroundings. If that’s not happiness, then

we don’t know what is.


At Joya, we invite all of our guests to slow down, relax, and indulge in their happiness, whether that means catching a wave at sunrise or reading a good book by the pool all day. Maybe we can’t scientifically guarantee that a stay at Joya will help you live longer, but we don’t need science to guarantee that you will be happy down here.


x The Joya Team