By Anita Manley
Denmark was marked as second on the list of the world’s happiest countries in 2020 and has been in there for the past few years. Did you know that there is actually a Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen? I didn’t! What an awesome thing to have.
The very first World Happiness Report came out April 1, 2012 and has since been released on an annual basis. In 2021, Canada faired pretty well, placing 15th.
Back to the Danes…Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen says that Denmark is one of the happiest countries due to its practice of hygge (pronounced HOO-gah). “The Danes are exceptionally good at decoupling wealth and well-being,” he says. “We focus on the small things that really matter, including spending more quality time with friends and family and enjoying the good things in life.”
This article outlines all you need to know about the practice of hygge, the Denmark way! Have a read. I really enjoyed it.
I know that I feel so much better after a walk in nature with my family or friends. Also,I love curling up on the couch with a blanket and air-popped popcorn (with butter!) next to my husband to watch a movie.
Perhaps you can practice hygge yourself! Get out the cozy, woollen socks. Let me know how it goes!
I liked this. I am familiar with many things Danish and have much respect for their way of life.
I believe that while most have struggled with COVID, some people have found greater happiness by introducing hygge to their family and friends.
Thanks, Julie. I’ve just been introduced to this new hygge way of life. I truly believe in it. I will have to do more things hyggelig!