My body is currently killing me after doing a 30 minute workout. Since then I’ve showered – I hate the post-exercise feeling ugh. And I’m practically falling asleep at my laptop, but I was stupid enough to commit to daily posts throughout January. I do enjoy it, but I’m determined to not miss a day, and let myself down, until at least half way through aha.
So today at school, our headmaster did this semi-interesting, semi-lame sorta assembly, based on ‘The Secret of Happiness is…’.
I got a bit lost about what he was talking about halfway through, but I think I got the overall message.
Turns out, there’s been some research into the happiness levels of different countries(I have NO idea how they make these sort of statistics reliable, but we’ll work with it).
Wanna guess where the United Kingdom stands on the list?
Um…yeah. Let’s just say, we’re not exactly near the top.
Can you take a shot at what you think are the top countries for highest happiness levels?
Number one is the Danes, with Switzerland at a close second.
So, I was wondering. What do the Danes, and the Swiss do, that we don’t do? Why is it so easy for them to have an overall happier population, than places such as the UK and the USA?
Maybe it’s because there is more family-oriented time. Maybe it’s because there is more of an emphasis placed on community togetherness. Or less of a stress placed on education and the workforce. I honestly don’t know.
But what I DO know, is about ‘Hygge’.
‘Hygge’ is a Danish idea spread throughout the country, which seems to be the key reason for their higher happiness.
Although difficult to translate the concept into English, the general meaning is “cosiness” – creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. What a LOVELY thing. It’s one of the things that makes the Danes so different from the rest of the world.
This ‘idea’ isn’t meant to be explained, but FELT. It’s the cosiness of winter socks. Of snuggling on the sofa. Being with loved ones. By candlelight. A pork roast. The warmth and light inside the living room, compared to the bitter darkness outside.
Danes have something like 7 hours of daylight during the day in winter months (I think it might be less, but I can’t find the statistic our headmaster gave us online). Which serves for a great time of cosiness inside. Of course Christmas is a huge part of ‘Hygge’, because although a largely secular country, it’s belief in family and values are strong.
So there we go. A little something to think about, and take in. Don’t you think it’s such a beautiful thing?
I don’t know what you guys think the ‘Secret of Happiness’ is. Personally, I do believe it’s to do with family, friends, doing things you love, achieving your highest potential, living in the moment, and all things like that. And although things happen beyond our control, and the key to the secret may be faded for a while, eventually the clouds clear and you too can find the secret.
LOL that was so weird. Why does my typing go so lame sometimes. I don’t even know. But it just flows. Hence my reluctance to actually delete anything I write. Even now.
What do you think the secret to happiness is? What makes you guys happy?
Love, Em x
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