“Hygge is more about small daily moments that make you happy rather than about things.” It is the principle that lies at the bottom of the Danish lifestyle and their happiness and well-being. There are so many things you can learn from the Nordic country that is always in the top ten happiest countries in the world. “How is that possible?”, you may wonder. There are few daily habits and lifestyle approaches that keep them so positive and open-minded. They are the perfect definition of the term “hygge”- a Danish word that stands for coziness and togetherness. Danish people might even say you have to experience “hygge” in order to understand it truly.
From a healthy balanced diet to an active lifestyle, Danes are a great example of a well-lived life. Everything around them has the purpose to facilitate their lives. There are many habits and specific activities they always include in their schedule. Nothing is left out; from social security to family and friends time, they have the secret to the perfect mix for a peaceful and happy life.
What is the secret to the Danish lifestyle?
They don’t need a car. All they need is a bike. Prepare yourself to see more bikes than cars on the roads of Copenhagen. That is the most used mean of transportation, even on rainy days. Alongside public transportation, they avoid driving and prefer sustainable alternatives. It is a healthy habit that is highly encouraged by authorities. Copenhagen is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Also, a very well-established public transportation means fewer cars and less pollution. This takes us to the next secret you should know about.
Ecology, green living, and recycling are keywords for every Dane. They emphasize these elements as part of their culture and heritage. Every action and consequence should in no way harm the environment. You find special trash bins all around the city and you are encouraged to differentiate the types of garbage. They even have a massive plant that turns waste into energy and provides around 98% of Copenhagen’s households. Moreover, Denmark is famous for its green energy and renewable sources. They try to keep everything as close to nature as possible. Everything from energy to agriculture and transportation emphasis the importance of protecting the environment.
Another important factor for society is the work-life balance as well as equality. With a high score of tolerance and low discrimination, the balance between work tasks and life outside workplace is perfectly highlighted. Both men and women share household chores and have clear priorities. Once work hours are done, you will rarely see Danish people work extra or continue their work from home. They disconnect from anything job-related and focus on their family time. This is partly the reason why you will see families and groups of friends hanging out after 5 p.m., enjoying a nice meal or simply a drink.
Happiness comes from all our actions and activities
Also, Danish cuisine and diet play an important role in their well-being. They have a variety of bread types, most of them containing grains and rye. In addition to these, their meals always include meat, from duck to chicken, pork or fish- herring and salmon being one of the favorites. A meal is not complete without potatoes or cabbage. They cook them in many ways, depending on the occasion or celebration. And most importantly, they don’t skip dessert. Denmark is a country that has many pastry snacks from sweet to savory ones. They make the perfect road snack.
Hygge is something everyone searches for when traveling to Denmark. The term has become so famous that there are few books dedicated to this and to understanding the Danish lifestyle. However, to fully feel it and embrace it, you have to adopt a lifestyle that encourages the level of coziness that “hygge” requires.
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