If you have been anywhere near the news or the blogosphere in the last couple of years, then you may have heard mention of the high happiness ratings of the Scandinavians. The tall people of the northern regions seem to have stumbled upon a recipe for a happy life, and the rest of us are just now hearing about their secrets.
The Scandinavians have long been acknowledged as the happiest, healthiest, and most content people on Earth. Yes, really. Residents of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland routinely rank as having the highest levels of happiness, life satisfaction, comfort, health, and enjoyment. And this is nothing new; the Norse have data ranking them highest for at least four decades.
So, what is their secret?
It seems that they have not one, but many, elements to their society that make life in the cold North so pleasant, and hygge is just one of them. Yes, the Northerners love their bacon, drink, bicycles, and pastries, but they also love their down time, their cozy time. That’s hygge.
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