Before leaving for Costa Rica, I did a little research for this post and learned that it’s one of the top ranked happy countries. I wondered why? At my arrival, I learned it’s simply because they embrace Pura Vida. This expression is the unofficial motto of Costa Ricans and it simply means “pure life” or “just life.” Costa Ricans will use it to express how they are and who they are. The expression embodies Costa Ricans’ perseverance, sense of community and the celebration of a easygoing lifestyle. It’s really the Costa Ricans way of living. They are happy, and proud of their country, and of what they have.