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“No people can be truly happy if they do not feel that they are choosing the course of their own life.”

WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT 2012

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MORE IDEAS FROM Scandinavian Life Philosophies For a Long, Happy, And Meaningful life

The happiest countries
Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden are ranked among the top happiest places in the world. 

Their population enjoys a healthy work-life balance, high standards of living with less pressure, less stress, and more time for everything they enjoy and love doing.

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"Lagom"

It's part of the Swedish culture. It means “Not too little. Not too much. Just right.

The concept encourages an overarching balance across our lives: everything in moderation.

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Benjamin Franklin

“Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”

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"Sisu"

Etymologically, it comes from a Finnish root word that implies “inner” or “inside.” In Finnish culture, it’s about adopting the attitude of persistence and determination.

It’s often described as stoic determination, the tenacity of purpose, grit, and resilience.

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"Hygge"

In both Danish and Norwegian, 'hygge' means “to give courage, comfort, joy”.

In Denmark, 'hygge' is a central part of the culture. It’s about giving your responsible, stressed-out self a break to live in the moment and enjoy your immediate environment.

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"Lykke"

This is the Danish word for “happiness.” 

The concept teaches that happiness isn’t a destination, it’s a habit. It’s what we do to make everything else in life awesome.

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During the long winter, homemakers maximise the space to reflect as much light as possible. Minimal furniture allows light and air to move around the room freely. The furniture employed are made of natural materials, such as wood, that will last instead of being regularly replaced.

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A happy country

Denmark is famous for being one of the happiest countries in the world.

It is known for being one of the most egalitarian countries in the world and its high levels of wellbeing are often attributed to its welfare system, where higher taxes provide free healthcare, school and university education, and government spending on children and the elderly is higher per capita than any other country in the world. 

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Dan Millman

“I’d always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed. I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live — that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.”

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