3 Scandinavian Ideas About Happier Living

Simple principles for a more peaceful existence.

Adrian Drew
Mind Cafe

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Year after year, the five nations of Scandinavia seem to be ranked amongst the happiest in the world. That is Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland.

For some of us, this might not be much of a surprise. And yet, while the usual suspects in the happiness index seem to be common knowledge for many, few of us really know why.

In truth, we have a lot to learn from our Scandinavian neighbors. Especially since the USA and other Western countries are becoming more unhappy than ever before, says a report from Vox.

What’s going on? Why are the Danes, Swedes, and all of their Scandi friends happier than ever, yet the rest of us are on a steady decline into misery?

Perhaps it has something to do with some of their principles, philosophies, and ways of life. Actually, I’m convinced it does. Let’s take a look at a few in detail.

Hygge

The Danish concept of ‘hygge’ has taken the Western world by storm. It’s been plastered over every bookshelf, magazine cover, and blog post since 2016.

I picked up a gorgeous little handbook on the subject last winter written by Meik Wiking. In it, he describes hygge as:

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Adrian Drew
Mind Cafe

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