How to Become Happier. Did you know that Nordic countries top the list of the world’s happiest people year after year? What is it about their philosophy of life that makes them so content and happy? And can it change the way we see the world too? Let’s find out the key elements of Nordic happiness together. Use these simple tips and wisdom to change your own life to the better.
Sisu, or inner peace and strength in Finnish 0:52
Lagom, or how much a Swedish person needs 2:00
Arbejdsglæde, or the Danish way to love your job 3:51
Friluftsliv, or loving Mother Nature the Norwegian way 4:59
Gezelligheid, or enjoying closeness in the Dutch way 6:03
Kalsarikänni, or a new way of relaxation from the Finns 7:11
Gluggaveður, or Icelandic optimism 8:40
-Sisu stands for resilience and courage, teaching you the art of giving up unnecessary words and excessive emotions. “If something needs to be done, it will be done.”
-In Sweden, lagom is a special skill necessary for living a balanced life. This concept of living can be translated as “just enough, not too much or too little.”
-The most well-known concept of happiness for Danish people is called arbejdsglæde. To put it simply, it’s the ability to enjoy what you do for a living.
-The philosophy of friluftsliv is all about spending time alone with nature in order to return to one’s true self. While spending time outdoors, your main task is to set yourself free from the general rush and routine.
-The Dutch believe that happiness is basically synonymous with unity with their loved ones. The word “gezel” means companion or old friend. And “gezellig” translates to cozy, pleasant, and friendly.
-Kalsarikänni can be translated as pantsdrunk and basically means spending time at home alone in your underwear enjoying a drink.
-The people in Iceland have their own unique word for happiness, and it’s gluggaveður! This Icelandic term defines that amazing feeling when you sit by the window with a hot cup of coffee or tea enjoying the weather from indoors but not wanting to go outside to appreciate it.
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