Are You Happy?

Many people are considering a move to Panama, and of course they want to know if they can be happy here. My friend Chris has written an excellent article on this subject. Check it out!

Taking the Plunge and Finding Happiness as an Expat in Panama



About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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12 Responses to Are You Happy?

  1. Karen Ama Panama says:

    Great article by Chris, as always. I’m personally looking forward to a slower lifestyle and not working 10 hours a day. I might miss fall but I will definitely live the healthier lifestyle I can live in Panama. Thanks for pointing us to the article Kris!


    • My pleasure. He had a great website and has written a lot of good stuff on his blog. He also has videos, and books (novels – action, adventure, scary stuff, amazing imagination!)


  2. hey amiga… i’m still offline most of the time but am always glad to see your posts. i think happiness is a state that one carries inside – either you’re happy or you’re trying to get to a part of life where you’re a happier person – sometimes even the most challenging times can be approached through positive and happy attitudes – even if we feel overwhelmed. i think that some people have full lives and share stories, yet to someone who has worn those shoes, they tap into their own histories and wonder: are they truly happy or chasing rainbows and butterflies while in pursuit of that pot of golden happiness?!!!

    when i’m asked, ‘are you happy,’ i immediately produce a grand smile and reply, ‘Yes!’…

    getting to that state was a long evolution, but wow, it’s so great to have a smile in one’s heart!



    • Hola amiga 🙂
      Yes, so true. If you aren’t happy inside, nothing outside is going to make you happy. I’m generally happy but this life works well for me and has taken me to a new level of happiness. It is indeed wonderful to have a smile in your heart.


  3. Linda says:

    Thanks for sharing this great article Kris. I think about that quote, ‘Where ever you go, there you are’ It really comes from within doesn’t it? We see the world not how it is, but how we are. So great to be in a place that reflects that truth within ourselves.


  4. Linda says:

    Say, Kris….I wanted to tell you again how much I enjoy and appreciate your blog and posts! In fact, I’m voting your site the best Panama Blog site. Although there are other fabulous blogs out there, you are the one who responds to everyone, making each of us feel a part of your life over there. Thank you for that. Makes one feel as thought they have made a new friend across the way. Looking forward to actually meeting you one day. Keep up the good work! Blessings to you and yours 🙂 Linda


    • Thank you 🙂 You all are nice enough to read my blog and take the time to comment, so I’m happy to reply. I also enjoy the people I have connected with through my blog, so it’s a real pleasure for me too. And, when you get to Panama we can meet and talk in person, without typing! 😀


  5. Sabrina says:

    I feel so connected with you and Chris providing such great information through your blogs! It’s so appreciated from here in land locked Colorado! 🙂 We just booked a trip to Panama for Sept, it’s only ONE week 😦 , but I’m so excited since it’s at the top of my list to hopefully relocate to someday!
    Can you give me an idea with the limited time, what we should see? Boquete and surrounding are my top choices but not sure about the distance. Don’t want to be frantic.
    Would love your opinion on what will make our 1st trip memorable.
    Thanks so much!


    • Thank you so much!
      One week should be enough to give you a feel for the country. I think that’s maybe as important as any specific areas you visit. You’ll land in Panama City so it might be good to take a day or two there to see the sights. From there, if you want to come to Chiriqui you can take a bus and see the countryside and the towns along the way. It’s a whole day trip though, so if you’d rather not you can also take a plane. Either will land you in David. You can go directly to Boquete, or you could also spend a day visiting a beach area or two if that interests you. So, off the top of my head, that’s a start. 🙂


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