Carroll, Queen's Square | January 2, 2018
Remember Hygge? Last year’s buzz word was all about comfort and cozy-making. Well, there’s a new movement storming the globe called Lykke. Pronounced lookah, Lykke is the Danish word for happiness.
It’s common knowledge that the Danes are the happiest people on earth, but how did they get to be that way? According to Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge, and now its sequel The Little book of Lykke, the Danish do several things differently from the rest of the world, and these things cause their happiness levels to skyrocket. These include:
- Believing that social lives are more important than money
- Offering a minimum wage that is around $20/hour and having strong Danish unions which equate to strong worker’s rights
- Enforcing a 37 hour work week
- Having a high level of social support
- The citizens having a high degree of freedom to make choices in their lives, and a lack of fear of social judgement regarding these choices
- Boasting a high life expectancy, averaging 80.6 years
- Being generous. The majority of Danes have helped a stranger in need or regularly give to charity
- Having a government that is well-respected by the citizens and perceived to be less corrupt than other countries
It sure sounds like the Danish people are on to something with the concept of Hygge and Lykke. What do you do to boost your own happiness?