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The World's Happiest Place: Latin America
It's no joke. The happiest people in the world reside in Latin America. 
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FILE - In this May 15, 2012 file photo, a clown jokes as he sits at a bus stop during a clown parade in San Salvador, El Salvador. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all five, putting those countries at the top of the list. They were followed closely by El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Guatemala, the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2012 file photo, a worker poses for pictures in Caracas, Venezuela. A poll released Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all five, putting those countries at the top of the list. They were followed closely by El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Guatemala, the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
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Ariel Alexis Cajar, 12, from Saboga Island, looks at fishing boats anchored at the Panama bay in Panama City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all five, putting those countries at the top of the list. They were followed closely by El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Guatemala, the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo, small fishing boats float anchored in the bay near the capital at sunset in Panama City. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. Gallup Inc. asked about 1,000 people in each of 148 countries last year if they were well-rested, had been treated with respect, smiled or laughed a lot, learned or did something interesting and felt feelings of enjoyment. In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all five, putting those countries at the top of the list. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
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FILE - In this May 27, 2012 file photo, a girl looks through a wooden wall of her home in Embera Puru indigenous community on the outskirts of Panama City. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. Gallup Inc. asked about 1,000 people in each of 148 countries last year if they were well-rested, had been treated with respect, smiled or laughed a lot, learned or did something interesting and felt feelings of enjoyment. In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all five, putting those countries at the top of the list. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
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People walk during the sunset in Panama City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all five, putting those countries at the top of the list. They were followed closely by El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Guatemala, the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
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Young men play soccer in Panama City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all five, putting those countries at the top of the list. They were followed closely by El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Guatemala, the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
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People watch the sunset from a waterfront site in Panama City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Ariel Alexis Cajar, 12, from Saboga Island, looks at fishing boats anchored at the Panama bay in Panama City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all five, putting those countries at the top of the list. They were followed closely by El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Guatemala, the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
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FILE - In this June 13, 2012 file photo, a couple dances in a public park in Guatemala City. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. Many of the seven do poorly in traditional measures of well-being, like Guatemala, a country torn by decades of civil war followed by waves of gang-driven criminality that give it one of the highest homicide rates in the world. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, children play in the water in Asuncion Bay, Paraguay. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. Gallup Inc. asked about 1,000 people in each of 148 countries last year if they were well-rested, had been treated with respect, smiled or laughed a lot, learned or did something interesting and felt feelings of enjoyment. In Panama and Paraguay, 85 percent of those polled said yes to all five, putting those countries at the top of the list. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File)
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The World's Happiest Place: Latin America

It's no joke. The happiest people in the world reside in Latin America. 

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