Revealed; Secrete behind the smiles in Denmark

It is not easy to tell if Denmark is the best place to travel if you imagined a huge economic benefit but reports from survey points to the fact that it is indeed a happy place to live. The United Nation world happiness report had consistently ranked Denmark top of the list. This was the case in the 2013 rankings as well. Researchers argue that more than two-thirds of the Danish people surveyed rated their lives with eight on the scale of ten. For years now, there had been effort to know why the Danish are always ranked world's happiest people.

In a recent report on a study carried out by IZA, a German economic research institute, published in its IZA discussion paper, happiness is in the DNA of the Danes. The study consisted of three analyses.

First analysis showed the closer a nation was to the genetic make-up of Danes, the happier the country.

Second analysis considered an association between mental well-being and variation in the serotonin-transporter-gene linked polymorphic region (HTTLPR). This gene influences the mood in humans. So it's expected, the happiness of one person could affect others happiness, as a family or friend.

Third analyses showed a positive correlation between the happiness of some nations and the happiness of Americans whose ancestors came from Denmark. Americans whose ancestors come from Denmark seem happier.

However, walking through Denmark, it is obvious; Danes are also happy because of their open and loving mind through what they call the Danish spirit of Hygge. This sometimes could mean the Danish need for coziness; a complex sense of intimacy, community and contentment. Hygge simply means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around. They love to sit around the table for hours, eating, drinking and discussing. This means that the Danes intentionally create a happy atmosphere and mood for themselves.

A man who was interviewed in Denmark had this to say “every morning I wake up very happy.”

Emila Van Hauen, a sociologist in an on-line interview explained the Danes are happy “because they are satisfied with their God and safe society. They have a welfare system that makes everyone secure and confidence. If they don't get a job and are sick and need any operation at the hospital, they can just go, somebody will take care of them”

Peter Gundelach, a sociologist at Copenhagen University in another interview said “life in Denmark became smaller and smaller, we don't have to have a very high expectation. When your expectations are small, it is easy to be happy because you are not expecting much from your life.”

In Denmark, because of the good social welfare, education is free and health care is good. It is fairly easy to find a job, unemployment rate is under three and half percent as well. People working in Denmark have access to a number of common goods. They experience a well-maintained cycling and driving infrastructure, an extensive and stable public transport system, multiple free cultural activities and supreme recreational facilities such as parks and public spaces that enhance the general quality of life. Ninety two percent belongs to one kind of social clubs, “if three people are stuck in a subway for half an hour, they will come up with a club for people stuck in a subway before you know It.” a citizen explained.
The Danes live like one big family, it just seem to be in their culture to be happy. An average Dane would wake up happy, not because he is the richest and most successful. But because he is okay and appreciative of what he has and where he is.

From me to you;  two places to visit should you decide to get on the next plane to Denmark is the famous amusement part called Tivoli Gardens and famous gigantic tingle trees in Walpole Nornalup National Park where you would experience world renowned attraction Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Below are some interesting views

Giant tree at Nornalup National park

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens at night

Tall trees tour

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