I’ve been reading Helen Russell’s The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country and I have to say that I am loving most of what I’ve read (I don’t know if I could do without my bathtub…). Russell committed to living in Denmark for a year while her husband pursued his dream of working with LEGOs and in the process, the researcher and writer learned a lot about Danish culture. From work-life balance to hygge, the Danes seem to have it together more than the rest of us. The book is not only highly informative and engaging but also filled with Russell’s humor, making it a fast read.
Did you know that an unemployed person in Denmark can get 80-90% of their salary for up to two years if they lose their job, or that it’s common to leave a job in search of a new one without the anxiety (and poverty) that people in the West experience? If you’re unhappy, change it, say the Danes. Russell points out that many of the concepts within the book are exceedingly simple. It all comes down to a country and lifestyle that values people—not only their lives but also their contentment.
What parts of Danish life do you wish we’d implement into living in the U.S?
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