What can we learn from people living in Denmark?
You might remember Dan Buettner, the founder of the Blue Zones – the five places on earth where people live the longest. Dan also wrote a book (in 2010) in regards to happiness in which he tells us about the places on earth where the people – tadaaaa – are the HAPPIEST!
The first happiest country is Denmark. But why? The Danish people do the following:
- Build an environment of trust
Live in trustworthy places, surround yourself with trustworthy friends, and be trustworthy yourself.
The Danish fully accept other races and lifestyles.
- Seek status equality
When you’re showing off you lose points in Denmark. They don’t feel the need to compete with their neighbors to possess a bigger house, a nicer car, or more fashionable clothes.
- Seek economic equality
In Denmark you find the lowest disparities in the world between rich and poor.
- Care for the young and the old
The Danish spend a lot of money on children and the elderly. Students get an excellent education and health care. Adults spend little time worrying about retirement and focus more on pursuing the jobs they love.
Freedom teaches people how to make good decisions.
- Get the right job
In Denmark, where taxes consume most of people’s wages, there’s no upside to taking a job for pay or status. People take jobs that interest them, which gives them a better chance to feel satisfaction and flow in their careers.
- Work just enough
Most Danes work 37 hours a week and go home to their families or their associations. They take an average of 6 weeks of vacation. They get their job done and pursue other things they enjoy, because they believe that working too hard or too long is a waste of time.
- Nudge people into interaction
Danes join associations and volunteer – 19 of 20 people belong to clubs.
- Optimize cities for activity
It’s hard to be happy when you’re unhealthy. Danes tend to be fit. Danish cities are designed so it’s easy to walk or bike from one place to another.
More than 30% of Danes volunteer their time to benefit their communities. This makes for a healthier and society and helps people take the focus off their own troubles.
What do you think of the Danish culture? How well is your country doing compared to the facts above? Please let us know in a comment below!
Picture: Visit Denmark.