Studies on the state of global happiness in recent years show Denmark, Norway, and Sweden as the happiest nations in the world. Scandinavians follow a set of rules by which they enjoy life every day.
We decided to find out more about this and it seems like everyone has something to learn from these happy nations.
Modesty And Respect For Others
In the Nordic countries there is the Rim Law, a set of rules that outlines behavior towards people:
- 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.
Although Scandinavians themselves occasionally make fun of this law, it helps create an extremely friendly and cooperative society. Modesty and respect for others are highly valued. Also, this law deters people from being arrogant and proud.
Balancing Work And Family Life
Scandinavians know how important it is to devote time to family. Most offices in Denmark close at 5 pm. Also, Danes never work overtime.
In Sweden, some companies have gone even further and switched to a six-hour workday in an attempt to increase productivity and happiness. Families often go to the park, play sports, and travel with their relatives.
Family Gatherings By The Hearth
In Denmark, there is an important word that means creating a cozy environment and enjoying the best things in life with friends and family: “hygiene”. Sitting by the fire on a cold night, wearing a warm sweater, drinking wine, and eating delicious food, probably surrounded by candles.
This is definitely “hygienic” and is something that everyone can experience and benefit from. Hygge is about solidarity, comfort, support, and care from those closest to you.
In her book Happy as a Dane, Malene Rydahl analyzes the keys to Scandinavian happiness. One of the most important secrets to living a happier life is the ability to set realistic expectations, but don’t stop dreaming and setting ambitious goals! You will find that your friends and family will pleasantly surprise you more often.
Comparing yourself to others won’t help you be happier either. We tend to compare our lives with those of our social networks.
However, these comparisons tend to contribute to our unhappiness. Just stop comparing your accomplishments with those of others and rejoice in what you have.
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