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We Need More Hygge

If you want to live in the happiest countries in the world, then perhaps it's about time to move to Nordic Europe. According to the 2019 World Happiness Report from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, Finland is the happiest country in the world, followed by Denmark and Norway: The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year’s World Happiness Report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those changes. Link to full article -> The US dropped again this year in ranking to #19.

Need more happiness? To help you get there, we all need to practice more Hygge here in the US.

Nordic Europe known for Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. As a cultural category with its sets of associated practices hygge has more or less the same meanings in Danish and Norwegian, but the notion is more central in Denmark than Norway.

Hygge is as Danish as aebleskiver and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Cozying up with a loved one for a movie – that’s hygge, too. And there's nothing more hygge than sitting around with friends and family, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world.

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