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.
Two Guys Walked from Mexico to Canada Picking Up All the Trash They Saw on the Way
Cleaning up nature one trail at a time.
If there’s something that can be said about ultimate fitness goals, it’s hiking thousands of miles from one country to another. And if you throw in saving the environment while you’re at it, then it’s a worthy cause that’s bound to take the world by storm.
Two hiker pals, Seth Orme and Paul Twedt, love the great outdoors. On top of that, their love for the planet twice gave them impetus for their mission.
Seth and Paul right smack in the middle of their paradise.
Lonely Man Posts An Ad Looking For Fishing Mate, The World Responds In A Heartwarming Way
His ad was straightforward and heartbreaking at the same time.
Ray Johnstone loves fishing. This 75-year-old man from Australia used to enjoy the hobby with his wife and his best friend but unfortunately, both have already passed away. He’s been sad about it but despite that, he decided to go out and fish once more. “It gets a bit lonely just sitting around watching the TV a lot of the time,” he admits.
He, however, didn’t want to go fishing alone so he thought of looking for a fishing buddy by posting an ad on Gumtree.
With his wife and best friend gone, Ray Johnstone had no one else to share his love for fishing. So he posted an ad on Gumtree.
Babysitter Donates Her Liver to The Baby Girl She Was Taking Care Of
This wonderful and selfless lady just saved the baby’s life.
The world never runs out of good people. Everywhere we go, there are people who are willing to go out of their way to help those who are in dire need of assistance, sometimes, even if they have to put their lives on the line.
Take for example this babysitter who, without hesitation, donated part of her liver to the baby she was taking care of.
Kiersten Miles, a 22-year-old nanny from New Jersey, USA, had been babysitting 16-month-old Talia Rosko for only three weeks when she learned that the poor kid was suffering from biliary atresia, a potentially fatal liver disease. Talia's central bile duct was not functioning properly, causing bile to accumulate in her liver. In effect, the baby became jaundiced and as the doctors have explained, she only has months to live if she will not receive proper treatment. ...