Denmark takes the Top happiness Spot ,Again
September 24, 2013 § 1 Comment
My phone started ringing again this week one of my friend Yasir Jafri called me around over the sea’s to ask me why the happiest people in the world live in Denmark how can be they happy …are n,t they get married ?Or what… ??What do you mean I replied …(might be its one of the reason of their happiness) than we started busted laughed.
Any way according to survey which Released this week, the 2013 World Happiness Report ranks the happiest countries around the globe, with Denmark, Norway and Switzerland leading the pack. Among North American countries, Canada took sixth place, while Mexico (16) slightly outranked the U.S. (17).
Problem is that Denmark does not always end up happiest in every survey. To my knowledge there about 20 different studies looking at world/European happiness and well, Understanding why the Danes are so happy has been my question for the last 3 years and I have my own belief as to why they are. I also think that many aspects of Danish happiness can exported (so you don’t need to move here to experience Danish happiness)
While the generous social welfare system definitely provides a foundation for happiness, I believe – that Danes are satisfied with their lives because the unspoken norms of the Laws of Jante. These norms push Danes into keeping their dreams and expectations very real.
Several point out that while Danes are very satisfied, they also have the lowest expectations for the future in Europe. If you don’t have big dreams of becoming a millionaire, rock star or winning the lottery but instead focus on smaller, achievable goals – you are well on your way to becoming Danish.The Laws of Jante rules with an iron hand of humility and one needs to make sure that others do not feel that you are too successful or boastful.
In Denmark, Folks also focus on Hygge – loosely translated is coziness. This includes the presence of and pleasure from comforting, gentle and soothing things. What is great about hygge is that it is cheap and easy to come by – much like mindfulness – it is 99 aspiration and 1 percent perspiration.
So how do you do it? Invite some friends for a walk in the forest and later at home for coffee – arrange it nicely with some cookies or candy and light a few candles. Sit in comfortable chairs, take off your shoes (mandatory in most Danish homes) and now have a light and pleasant conversation. (no debates, no boasting, no raised voices – just polite and cheerful)
Sounds easy, well it is.