Happy as a Dane: 10 Secrets of the Happiest People in the World
This international bestseller shows why the Danes are happy and how we can be, too.
For decades Denmark has ranked at the top of the world’s happiness surveys. How is it that these 5.6 million Danes are so content when they live in a country that is dark and cold nine months of the year and where income taxes are at almost 60 percent? At a time when talk across the Western...more
After reading, and I enjoyed the layout of this book, I think I live in the wrong country. The Danes seem to exemplify all of the characteristics I try to follow, that I believe. Integrity, honesty, togetherness, importance of family time and more. Remin ...more
Her list of reasons Danes rate as happy rings true (though I don't see that they were in any way "secrets"). So there is that. And she tries to be evenhanded (though this sometimes detracts from the points she is trying to make).
However, I had a hard time relegating the fact that the author left as soon as she could and chooses to live somewhere else - yes, she has legitimate reasons, but ...more
W.W. Norton & Company - Quad graphics - Chris Welch and Lauren Abbate have produced a cheery readable copy. May everyone have the opportunity and expertise to enjoy Heureux comme un Danois: les 10 clés du bonheur one day also.
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She gives 10 reasons why the Danes are the happiest people on earth, yet there are so many things that they do on a regular basis that perhaps they pass off as being 'happy' but are certainly not 'healthy' and nothing to be happy or brag about.
Her country's citizens have the highest rates of suicide, anti-depressant taking, one nite stands, teen alcoholics ( ...more
The ten secrets according to the author are:
2. education that nurtures everyone, not just to churn out elites
3. freedom and independence
4. equal opportunities
5. realistic expectations
6. respect for others and unity
After living in Denmark and having fallen in love with the country, this is just one of the books I read on Danish happiness, hygge and similar topics. However, this is not the one I will suggest to friends, despite being one of the better documented. In fact, while the strength of the book lies in its solid foundation, the author often just throws figures at the reade ...more
To bad like a lot of non-USA countries, a person would have great difficulty becoming a citizen. It is a lot easier to feel a part of something when everyone looks like you, talks, acts, culture, homogeneous. Lots of interesting ideas. But seemed a little to exaggerated. I'll know more when I read an opposing viewpoint.
She is the author of the book “ heureux comme un danois” ( as happy as a Dane) published by Grasset in April 2014. For decades Denmark has ranked at the top the world’s happiness index. Interweaving personal anecdotes and careful research, her book steers clear of any preaching and tackles the osten ...more