Colombians live for the celebration. The South American country has more festivals than days of the year, and whether it’s the multiday revelry of Carnival in Barranquilla, the great kaleidoscopic displays of floral colours during Medellín’s Feria de las Flores or Caribbean coastal residents dressing their donkeys in drag and parading them down the streets during the Festival de Burro, there’s always a party to be had.
This is just one of many reasons an annual WIN/Gallup International poll ranks Colombia as one of the happiest countries (and occasionally the happiest country) in the world.
Anggy Corchuelo - Medellín
Anggy is the CEO of Contento BPS, a contact center that offers solutions for collection, sales and customer service. She developed a solid organizational culture based on happiness at work in a sector that is usually associated with everything but happiness, making Contento a benchmark and success story around this matter.
This journey has taken her to write 2 books about happiness and leadership, launch a spin-off company that mentors leaders into implementing happiness at work called Contento Cultness, and is also the co-founder of Comunidad F Medellín and the A La Rueda Rueda Congress.
Anggy has a Masters degree in marketing and an administrative engineer title. She has done some other studies at Harvard, Disney Institute and Wholebeing Institute in México. She has delivered conferences, workshops and other consulting jobs impacting more than 2,000 people.
HAPPY PLANET INDEX
COLOMBIA achieves a Happy Planet Index Score of 40.7 and ranks 3rd of all the countries analysed.
Situated in a narrow valley, Medellín packs the punch of a city twice its size. Its skyline reaches for the heavens, setting high-rise apartments and office buildings against a backdrop of jagged peaks in every direction. Its pleasant climate gives it its nickname – the City of Eternal Spring – and the moderate temperatures put a spring in the locals' steps, at work and at play. It's a bustling place of industry and commerce, especially in textile manufacturing and exported cut flowers. On weekends Medellín lets its hair down, its many discos attracting the beautiful people.
The city sprawls north and south along the valley floor; slums hug the upper reaches of the hills. True to its paisa (people of Antioquia) roots, Medellín affects an indifference to the rest of Colombia, putting on metropolitan airs and looking overseas for inspiration for its next great public-works projects.