Fiji stands out due to the warmth and happiness of its people

Published on : Friday, March 22, 2019

Truly, what sets Fiji apart from other destinations are its people.


Independent experts and leading authorities in happiness were consulted and assisted in the development of the Bulanaires list including Professor Lea Waters, a psychologist scientist, author and TEDx speaker who specializes in positive psychology.


Waters said that Bulanaires symbolizes one or more of the guiding principles of happiness, such as being selfless or giving back or making time for connections through family and community.


Many of Waters’ principles can be found among the people of Fiji, which likely explains why Fiji was deemed the Happiest Country in the World in the 2017 Gallup International Survey on Happiness, Hope and Economic Optimism.


“Bulanaires redefine the way we measure success,” Waters said.


“A common measure of success is often portrayed through the annual ‘rich lists’ that showcase the increased number of billionaires each year. But perhaps instead we need to consider finding happiness and contentment as a measure for being rich,” he added.


“In Fiji, the warmth and friendliness of the locals is what visitors to the destination remember the most,” said the CEO for Tourism Fiji, Matthew Stoeckel.


Dr. Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness, states that “Everyone wants to live a happy life – and the good news is that there are lots of things we can do to be happier, both as individuals and as a society. Above all, we are a social species and we’re happier when we feel connected and do things to bring happiness to others as well as ourselves.”


With 333 islands, year-round warmth, and only 3.5 hours from Australia, Fiji is the perfect place to find happiness!


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