According to those who rank such things, Costa Rica is among the happiest countries in the world.
Things may not be perfect for each and every one of its 4.6m people, but there is a national characteristic which insists that a smile is always preferable to a frown.
The South American nation is so laid-back it doesn’t even have an Army, and their motto “Pura Vida” which means pure life, or good life, is sacrosanct.
So it is with Bryan Oviedo.
Even during the depths of his injury mire following that sickening double-leg break in January, the 24-year-old defender remained upbeat.
Such was his unrelenting positivity, the left-back almost achieved the near-impossible of recovering in time to play for his country at the World Cup.
It would have been an unprecedented comeback, but in the end he missed out despite those triumphant Youtube clips of him cycling in the gym.
It’ no surprise, therefore, to hear Oviedo brimming with delight after rejoining full training at Finch Farm today.
Full match fitness may be a couple of weeks off, but the Goodison favourite has his sights set on a return and the chance to thank the fans who stood by him.
“It’s been a long time,” he says. “Seven months not training with the team has been very difficult for me because I love it. But then when you start again you forget everything.
“Now I just want to train every day and be ready in a couple of weeks.
“My first focus was to try and make the World Cup. I knew it would be difficult even if it was a dream but OK it didn’t happen. Now my only focus is to be back with the first team. To stay with the squad and play a lot of games. I enjoyed last season but I want to be better this season. That’s the goal.”
Everton Players visited Alder Hey Childrens Hospital in Liverpool. Bryan Oviedo, Matthew Pennington, Ben McLaughlin and former player Graham Stuart visited children doing Physio. Bryan Oviedo plays Fifa with Christopher Smith
Oviedo gave Everton fans one of their stand-out moments of last season, with the goal that secured the club’s first win at Old Trafford in more than 20 years.
It made him an instant favourite, and Goodison has echoed to the tune of “Oviedo Baby” regularly since, even when he was watching from the stands.
“It’s amazing,” says the humbled defender. “It’s difficult to describe, to be out for so long and to go to the stadium and the fans still sing your name…For me it’s a huge sign of their support. It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I’m very happy.
“Now I only want to come and play to say thankyou to everyone for what they did for me while I was out.
“When you know the people at the club care and try to keep you positive it makes a huge difference. If I can be better this season then last season I can say that thankyou.
“I look back at the goal against United and hope that I can score more and make more important contributions. I have more experience now and more confidence. I hope to have the best season of my career.”
Oviedo believes he will get further opportunities to shine under Martinez, despite facing the unenviable task of dislodging Leighton Baines from the team.
And he has certainly absorbed his manager’s trait of thinking big when it comes to Everton’s ambitions.
“We have so many big games this season,” he says. “That’s good for me. I will work hard for my opportunities and it’s exciting.
We have very good players. A strong squad. Every position has quality. Maybe in the first two games (this season) we’ve been a bit unlucky but we will come better in the coming games and have the capacity to stay near the top in the Premier League.
“It would be hard to finish fourth sure but last season we showed what we can do and everyone has an extra year experience. We are not a team that should play in the middle of the table. We have top players. We have a team that should challenge maybe for the title and qualify for the Champions League.
Everton Players visited Alder Hey Childrens Hospital in Liverpool. Bryan Oviedo, Matthew Pennington, Ben McLaughlin and former player Graham Stuart visited children doing Physio. Bryan with Emily Birkin.
“Then we have Roberto who is a very great coach. He wants everyone happy and positive too. It’s important for the players and we are united because of it.
He tries to keep all of us happy. When someone doesn’t play it can be difficult but he tries to keep us all optimistic and focused which is important fo the club.
“Like me last year, I was on the bench before but then I got my chance to play games and it gave me confidence.”
With that, it is time for Martinez to resume his duties on the physiotherapy ward at Alder Hey, where he is spreading a bit of trademark Costa Rican happiness.
“In my country we have a happy, up-beat characteristic,” he says. “Everything might not be perfect but they try to look on the bright side.
“It is one of the happiest countries in the world. Things may not always be good but we’re happy.”