Happy as a Dane: 10 Secrets of the Happiest People in the World

Happy as a Dane: 10 Secrets of the Happiest People in the World

by Malene Rydahl


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This international bestseller shows why the Danes are happy and how we can be, too.

For decades Denmark has ranked at the top of the world’s happiness surveys. How is it that these 5.6 million Danes are so content when they live in a country that is dark and cold nine months of the year and where income taxes are at almost 60 percent? At a time when talk across the Western world is focused on unemployment woes, government overreach, and anti-taxation lobbies, our Danish counterparts seem to breathe a healthier and fresher air. Interweaving anecdotes and research, Malene Rydahl explores how the values of trust, education, and a healthy work-life balance with purpose—to name just a few—contribute to a “happy” population. From eye-opening stories about open-air vegetable stands to babies safely left unattended while parents have coffee, to very generous paternity leave policies, Rydahl provides tips that we can all apply to our daily lives regardless of where we live.

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ISBN-13: 9780393608922
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Born in Denmark, Malene Rydahl is a writer, executive coach, and keynote speaker on happiness and well-being, named one the top 24 Women of the Year by the French news magazine L’Express, and appointed goodwill ambassador of Copenhagen. She is based in Paris.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Once Upon a Time … 9

1 Trust: I Have Trust in People 17

2 Education: I Have a Place in Society 27

3 Freedom and Independence: I Am Free to Choose My Own Way in Life 40

4 Equal Opportunity: I Can Become Whomever I Want 49

5 Realistic Expectations: I Have Realistic Dreams 55

6 Solidarity and Respect for Others: I Feel Better If You Feel Good 62

7 Work-Life Balance: I Want Lots of Hygge Time 75

8 Relationship to Money: I'm Happy with What I've Got 87

9 Modesty: I Don't Think I'm Better Than Other People 98

10 Gender Equality: I Feel Free to Choose My Role 107

Conclusion 119

Acknowledgements 135

Notes 137

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