National Geographic explores Denmark’s special kind of happiness

What can other nations learn from the purpose-driven happiness in Denmark? Copenhagen hits the front page of National Geographic's November Issue ‘the search for happiness’.

Denmark is frequently claimed the happiest nation in the world by the World Happiness Report. And for a good reason, writes National Geographic.

In their November issue  Dan Buettner, author of the book ‘Blue Zones Happiness’, explores the special kind of purpose-driven happiness in Denmark.

Danish society = Happy people

The Danish society holds the key to  Denmark's world-famous happiness, according to National Geographic. More specifically, the magazine stress that Danes can pursue their passions - which includes finding a job that truly makes them happy - since the Danish society covers their basic needs. National Geographic puts it like this:

“Danes grow up believing they have the right to health care, education, and a financial safety net. University students draw a government stipend in addition to free tuition. New parents can take a yearlong government-paid parental leave at nearly full salary; this includes gay and lesbian parents. People work hard in Denmark, but on average less than 40 hours a week, with at least five weeks of vacation a year”, writes National Geographic. 

A meaningful life

Not having to worry about expenses for their education and healthcare, Danes can focus on living a purposeful life with time for self-fulfillment. Therefore, 90 percent of Danes belong to an association or a club, such as a sailing club, while over 40 percent volunteer for civic groups, according to National Geographic. 

To illustrate the way of life in Denmark, National Geographic follow a Danish mother and sociologist. On her the magazine writes: 

"She’s a sociologist, a job that challenges and engages her every day. She and her family bicycle to work, the store, and the children’s school, which helps keep them fit. She pays high taxes on her modest salary but gets health care and education for her family, as well as guaranteed retirement income”, write National Geographic.

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Six factors that drive human happiness;

According to National Geographic, the World Happiness Report found that human happiness is driven by these six factors:

  1. Strong economic growth
  2. Healthy life expectancy
  3. Quality social relationship
  4. Generosity
  5. Trust
  6. Freedom to live the life that’s right for you.

Read the full article from national geographic here