Well this recent survey seems to confirm what I’ve known for years now: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/entertainment/happiness-survey-ranks-countries
Panamanians are some of the happiest people on the planet. It’s not about the money, Panama is not a very wealthy country, and the survey shows that people who earn more than $75,000 per year are not significantly happier than those in the lower income ranges.
The world could learn a lesson from Panama. Be content with what you have and take some time to enjoy life. For me it is easier to enjoy life when the weather is consistently good and the beach is only a 10 minute casual stroll away.
Come to Panama and see first hand what all the happiness is about.