Want to Be as Happy as the Happiest People on Earth? Try This! by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
For more than 40 years, the Danes have been known as “the happiest people on earth.” If you visit Denmark, you’ll find their people welcoming, friendly and just plain happy. Why? One word: what the Danes call hygee (pronounced hoo-gah), often translated as “coziness.” When Danes discuss hygee they mention eating great food, lighting candles, playing games and enjoying each other’s company in a cozy environment. Think of it as quality time with family, but with these “magic" ingredients:
- Making a concerted effort to enjoy the present moment and each other.
- Leaving all drama and stress at the door.
- No complaining or negativity.
- No controversial topics.
- No competition or bragging (it’s all about “we” and “we-fulness,” not “me”).
It may take a little effort for us to incorporate hygee, but the results are worth it: more happiness! Read more about the happiest people on earth and hygee here!