“The highest potential for happiness is to love and be loved, to be able to be at home wherever you are.” This quote is actually attributed to the Dalai Lama, but the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau can be seen sharing similar sentiments.
Located halfway between Sri Lanka and India, the Maldives offers what seems like an exotic and serene destination. Although tourists are beginning to visit, this tiny but densely populated country has managed to keep a tight leash on its territory, offering tourists an exclusive beachside lifestyle that defies the pressures of rampant consumerism that tends to plague most world tourist destinations.
Most people travel to escape the hectic pace of their everyday lives, and they head to places like France, Thailand, Bali, Indonesia and Malaysia. But what many are forgetting is that this same lifestyle of forced daily routines and physical exhaustion also leads to lowered levels of happiness.