|Relocating may be
just the ticket for self-renewal
By the Retire NOW in
Costa Rica staff
Many First Worlders come to Costa Rica and other
Latin countries to escape problems.
composite of 25 environment-relevant
behaviors compared to participants who had not
||The usual advice is
that humans bring their problem with
them, and change of place solves
That may not be completely
A new psychological study says that
moving might be a good way to change
behaviors. The research came from
observations of 800 persons, half of
Habits, of course, are closely linked
with decisions and state of mind.
The research appeared as an academic
paper in the Journal of Environmental
“Changing your habits is very
difficult,” said Bas Verplanken,
professor of social psychology at the
University of Bath, “including finding
the right moment to make a change.” He
was quoted by the Society for
Personality and Social Psychology.
According to his research, people who
had recently relocated reported more
change eight weeks later on a
That is good news, but there are other reasons
relocation to a new environment can be
beneficial. That does not include crooks in
flight. The old adage used to be that Costa Rica
was the home of the wanted and unwanted. Even
today, crooked television characters say they
are moving to Costa Rica to avoid prosecution.
Computerized immigration files and the
International Police Agency are two obstacles to
avoiding prosecution. Just 30 years ago, crooks
could hide in many locations in the world. Today
all but the most undesirable places are firmly
connected with international police agencies.
In addition, Costa Rica now is a big draw for
retirees and families who seek a more
international lifestyle in safe community.
Those who move here often report an improvement
in health. There hardly is any day when
swimming, running, jogging or just walking is
not possible. Healthful foods are the norm, and
farmers markets are everywhere.
Many expats report weight loss.
Oldsters find that being is different
environment keeps the brain cells firing. There
also is large body of academic literature on how
learning another language and bilingualism
delays the onset of dementia and other ills of
And there is a lot to be said of the peace and
psychological benefits in just watching a
-- Jan. 17, 2017
License exchange locations
expanded for expats
Special to Retire NOW
in Costa Rica
Foreign driver’s licenses can now be exchanged
for Costa Rican ones at the various regional
offices of the transportation ministry.
Until now, expats could only get their foreign
driver’s license validated at the office in La
Uruca. Now this service also is being provided
at Heredia, Cartago, Nicoya, Liberia, Río Claro,
Puntarenas, San Carlos, Alajuela, San Ramón,
Pérez Zeledón, Guápiles and Limón. The service
is available every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8
a.m. to 12 p.m, said the agency involved.
The agency, the Dirección General de Educación
Vial, said it decided to implement this after
long waits and unnecessary delays at La Uruca
was compared to little foot traffic at the
regional offices. It made sense, officials said
to expand the services provided to all the
Legal foreigners whose countries have a
reciprocity agreement with Costa Rica can simply
present their own country or state’s license and
obtain one here without any tests. The Costa
Rica license will be issued for the same
privileges as the foreign license, such as being
valid to drive a motorcycle as well as an
Costa Rica has a reciprocal agreement with the
United States and Canada.
-- Jan. 17, 2017