Tag Archive: QualityofLife

Oct 20 2012

Another Reason We Chose Costa Rica – the People

We always knew this one and could kick ourselves for not adding it to our “Why we chose Costa Rica” list earlier. The longer we’re here, the more we’ve come to realize just how amazing the people are. They have welcomed us from the start. They’ve been civil, courteous, and warm. In some other countries …

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Aug 06 2012

Money vs. Time

I always tell people that time is more valuable than money at our age, realizing, of course, that we need enough money to live. It seems to me, when you are 60+, the creating of wealth becomes secondary to the time we have left on this earth. In Costa Rica, most expats pay cash for …

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Jun 23 2012

How do you define happiness?

Happiness can be different things to different people, but what is it really? One definition is that it is a “state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” Another says that “Happiness is thought of as the good life, freedom from suffering, flourishing, well-being, joy, prosperity, and pleasure.” And “Martin Seligman, …

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Jun 23 2012

Enjoying the Life

Today, for me, is one of those perfect rainy season mornings. The sky is blue, with puffy clouds in the distance. I’m sitting on our patio, drinking my coffee, watching and listening to all the activity going on around me. Our cats are mesmerized by movements in our flower beds – geckos and insects mostly …

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Apr 15 2012

On Community Service and Integration

Those of you who have been reading our newsletters for a while know that we are involved in an organization called the Community Action Alliance. We have proudly served as members of the Steering Committee for the past two years. The Alliance is built around a set of core values that include: a focus on action …

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Apr 05 2012

Just Another Day in Paradise?

Sometimes, even living here in Costa Rica, the daily grind can get to me. What, you say? Life in paradise is less than perfect? And I would have to say yes. Even here, daily life can become routine at times. Now before I write more, let me say that this is not a rant or …

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Mar 08 2012

The EBAIS – Where Healthcare Starts

Updated 4/1/2015 The Caja is Costa Rica’s public health care system. The full name is the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). For many expats living here, their experience is limited to getting their carnet (health system enrollment card) at the Social Security office and getting prescriptions or lab tests through the Caja. But in …

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Jan 22 2012

The Businessman and the Fisherman – A Parable for Today

You may have heard this little story before, but we think it is a great reminder of the joys of a simple life well lived. The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Costa Rican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin …

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Sep 06 2011

In Gratitude

Some days it’s almost too much for me…I think about our life here in Costa Rica and the gratitude just bubbles up and overflows.  I love our life here. We have made some wonderful friends and have found the sense of community we always craved. What has brought it home for me this time is …

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May 23 2011

Community Action Alliance Costa Rica

One of the things I learned was important to me was the sense of community I experience living here.  About four months after moving to Costa Rica, we starting attending monthly “mixers” of a newly formed group made up of mostly gringos here in San Ramon.  The idea was to learn from each other, sharing …

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