Being Danish, Being Happy?

Once again, Denmark took the top spot on the United Nation’s World Happiness Report. Here is why: Why Danes are happy

I grew up in Denmark, went to school through 12th grade, and Danish is my first language. I have lived in the U.S. for almost 35 years, so topping my 25 years in Europe. I am a wealth of information and experiences on the two cultures. If I could I would choose a culture with both American and Danish ingredients.

My American ingredients:

A freedom to be me. To dress like I want, to express what I feel, to speak my accent, in short: to be different. To leave traditions behind, to live without certain expectations, to explore and learn freely.

My Danish ingredients:

To trust and enjoy other people. To believe in the Common Good. To do my best by achievement and sincerity. To not use punishment as a means of becoming. To work together instead of against each other.

I know whether I live here or there, I deal with both good and bad. Nothing is perfect. So, I respect what I know and live my life as close to the combination of me and me.

2 Comments »

  1. Very thoughtful, Elizabeth. In these weird days in America, it’s tempting for me to wax romantic about what looks like the relative sanity of Denmark and a few other countries. It’s nice to be reminded that American culture still has its wonderful parts.

  2. You’re welcome Jan. Yes, I do choose to live here with all the ups and downs of American culture. Never boring 🙂

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