In recent years, studies conducted to check out the state of happiness all over the world have found that Scandinavian nations Denmark, Sweden and Norway have the happiest people. These happy countries seem to have a set of rules that helps them enjoy life, especially the simple moments.
Despite the long months of darkness and freezing in Scandinavian nations, the people still have many reasons to be happy. In the World Happiness Report, these nations always top the list and this all boils down to four principles that the people live by.
They know how to balance work and family.
Scandinavians know the value of time for the family. Most shifts in Denmark end at 5 p.m and they never go overtime. Sweden, on the other hand, promote a six-hour working day to increase employees’ happiness level and productivity. This way, people have more time to spend with their loved ones to go on picnics, parks, do other fun activities.
They highly value respect toward each other.
In Scandinavian nations, there is this Law of Jante that they follow. It is a set of rules that dictate how people should behave toward others.
– You’re not to think you are anything special.
– You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
– You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
– You’re not to convince yourself that you are better than we are.
– You’re not to think you know more than we do.
– You’re not to think you are more important than we are.
– You’re not to think you are good at anything.
– You’re not to laugh at us.
– You’re not to think anyone cares about you.
– You’re not to think you can teach us anything.
This is the kind of law that puts a high regard on respect toward other people and this is the law that should discourage people from feeling that they are better than the others.
They set realistic expectations but won’t give up on dreams. More importantly, they don’t compare their lives to others.
Malene Rydahl, author of Happy as a Dane, explained the secrets to genuine happiness of a Scandinavian and it is to have realistic expectations, but at the same time, still determined to pursue goals. It’s also not healthy to compare your lives to others, especially in the age of social media where it’s easy to see people with good things going on in their lives. It’s important to be happy with what you have and stop measuring your dreams and achievements against others.
Introducing… the “hygge.”
In Denmark, there’s this very important yet simple gathering called hygge, in which friends and family will sit by the hearth and enjoy the cold night with scrumptious food and delicious wine. Hygge is all about getting the comfort, support and attention you need from the people who matter the most.
Bees Kill Penguins by Stinging Them in the Eyes
2000 Kilogram Sunfish Caught Off North African Coast
Man Embezzles $57K in COVID-19 Relief to Buy Pokemon Cards
Florida Man Catches and “Recycles” Alligator in Driveway
Man Shocks Reporter on How He’d Spend the Lottery Winnings
Man Joins Search Operation Not Realizing He’s the One Missing
World’s Oldest Rhino Dies in Italian Zoo at 54 Years Old
Meet Quilty – Cat Escape Artist Helping Other Cats Jailbreak
Fans Use American Flag to Save Falling Cat During Football Game in Miami
TikToker Shares How She Tricked Invaders Who Tried Opening The Hotel Door While She Was Alone
Man Iced Neighbor Who Repeatedly Asked Him “When Are You Getting Married?”
Do You Live in One of These 15 Countries With The Most Beautiful Women on Earth?
The Secret Meaning of Anklets And Why Some Wives Wear Them
Waking Up Between 3 to 5 AM Could Mean You’re Experiencing Spiritual Awakening
Divorced Man Wrote 20 Epic Marriage Advice He Wished He Could Have Had
Haunting Photos of Two Tourists Snapped Just Before They Mysteriously Disappeared
“Chastity Cages” is the Latest Thing for Men
Pork Fat Is Officially One of the World’s Most Nutritious Foods
Some Stranger Padlocked This Guy’s Earlobe And Ran Away With The Key
Three-Month-Old Baby Left Blind in One Eye After Family Friend Took His Picture
News10 months ago
Mexican Residents Tie Mayor To Tree After He Failed To Fulfill His Campaign Promise
Interesting10 months ago
Diver Coaxes Octopus To Trade His Plastic Cup For A Shell
OMG9 months ago
Bride Asks Husband If She Can Hug Her Ex-BF “One Final Time” During Wedding
Entertainment9 months ago
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Could “Unite The People” If He Runs As US President, Says The Undertaker