Monday 20th March 2017. The International Day of Happiness. The day when the world happiness report was realeased showing that Norway was voted the happiest country in the world for 2017, but what makes them so happy?
Norway was voted the happiest country in the world followed closely by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and Finland but what sets these countries from the rest ? What makes them the happiest countries in the world?
The World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” – how happy the people are, and why.
The study relies on asking a selection of simple question’s to more than 1,000 people every year in more than 150 countries.
Each year the report has been published the Scandinavian countries have continued to be at the top spots. Denmark in particular – has encouraged other countries to adopt the Danish way of life, living the simple life and focusing on the concept of “Hygge” – creating cosiness and relaxation. But surely there is more to it than that ?? These Scandinavian countries all have very cold dark winters which we dread, so what is the key to their happiness?
Could we as richer bigger countries take a note from the Scandinavian’s and learn what they are doing to help make their countries the happiest on earth.
Community and a feeling of social support.
Everyone helps one another and the Scandinavian people have very close family and friend bonds. Catching up over a cup of tea and a pastry or cooking dinner for the whole family is what it’s all about. Feeling part of a community and having people to rely on is all part of what helps them to be so happy.
Work life balance
They have a great value of family and appreciate their spare time highly. This and the fact its dark at around around 4 pm in winter means they can’t wait to get finished from work on time and get home to spend time with their families and friends.
A typical day for them is Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm. They don’t appreciate having to work late or do overtime. The key to their great work ethic includes working hard in the day so they can finish work on time and get home to eat dinner with family and friends.
All the top countries enjoy the outdoors. Cycle, run, walk, swim all year round no matter what the weather they enjoy nothing more that getting outdoors. It not only produces endophin’s which in turn make you happier but also getting out in the fresh air helps with your vitamin D supply making your feel less stressed and boosts your overall well being.
Everything in moderation
The Danes don’t do anything to excess, enjoy the right amount of everything is key in the Scandinavian way of life. ‘Lagom’ the Swedish word meaning ‘Just the right amount’, not too much and not too little. This is the secret to their sustainable living, living a very full filled life without going over the top. Enjoying everything in moderation is the key to their happiness
What makes you happy ?
What is happiness to you ? Everyone is different it’s not only from country to country but person to person. Although I don’t think everyone in these countries is walking round smiling and loving life like something out of a movie. The concepts and ideas they practice in these countries sounds like a lifestyle that we could all take a few notes from. I myself love the Scandinavian way of life and filter some of these concepts into my life everyday but happiness is different for everyone, create your own happiness and enjoy the little things.
What makes me happy ?
I believe that living a simple life is the key to happiness, not stressing out too much but enjoying the little things in life. Creating a balanced and fulfilled life is the key to your own happiness. Realise that life is short, complain less and enjoy the hear and now.
Here are few things that make me happy.
Spending time with family ♡ my kids saying I love you ♡ coffee shop with my Mum ♡ feeling the Sun on my face ♡ chatting to my best friend ♡ Gin & Tonic ♡ My boxer dog Bella ♡ Fresh sheets on the bed ♡ a hug ♡ rum and raisin ice cream ♡ my own bed ♡ red lipstick ♡ eating good food with good friends ♡ a new candle ♡ walking bear foot in the sea shore ♡ people watching ♡ a beautiful sunrise ♡ Photography ♡ singing along to the radio ♡ fluffy socks ♡ eating alfresco ♡ chick flicks ♡ A kiss on my forehead from my husband ♡ a snuggle blanket ♡ Prosecco ♡ date night ♡ Getting outdoors ♡ kitchen dancing ♡ a smile from a stranger ♡ a big mug of hot tea ♡ the unconditional love from children ♡ reading a book ♡ relaxing in a hot bath ♡ helping a friend ♡ my home.
Live the life you love and enjoy the simple things in life.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading
Until next time