Happy as a Dane: 10 Secrets of the Happiest People in the World (Paperback)

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Now, I have read self improvement books in the past, but this one is by far one of the best that I have read. This book doesn't read like a run of the mill self improvement book, it reads like a road map to getting perspective on things and getting things sorted out in your life by providing helpful factual information, as well as inspirational writings to inspire the masses. It is presented as a study and covers areas including trust, relationships and money, gender equality, balance of work and life, modesty, solidarity and respect, and a few other topics. Each topic is presented as a study at first and then it tells the reader how they can add that concept to their lives and act as a stepping stone of bettering themselves. It is both intriguing as well as inspirational. People who have read 10% Happier, The Happiness Project, and maybe The 5 Love Languages books may enjoy this book!
— David, Denver


This international bestseller shows why the Danes are happy and how we can be, too.

For decades Denmark has ranked at the top of the world’s happiness surveys. How is it that these 5.6 million Danes are so content when they live in a country that is dark and cold nine months of the year and where income taxes are at almost 60 percent? At a time when talk across the Western world is focused on unemployment woes, government overreach, and anti-taxation lobbies, our Danish counterparts seem to breathe a healthier and fresher air. Interweaving anecdotes and research, Malene Rydahl explores how the values of trust, education, and a healthy work-life balance with purpose—to name just a few—contribute to a “happy” population. From eye-opening stories about open-air vegetable stands to babies safely left unattended while parents have coffee, to very generous paternity leave policies, Rydahl provides tips that we can all apply to our daily lives regardless of where we live.

About the Author

Born in Denmark, Malene Rydahl is a writer, executive coach, and keynote speaker on happiness and well-being, named one the top 24 Women of the Year by the French news magazine L’Express, and appointed goodwill ambassador of Copenhagen. She is based in Paris.

Praise For…

In this inspiring and well-researched book, by exploring ten pillars of Danish life—from the importance of trust to the value of downtime—Malene Rydahl documents the values, habits, and attitudes that have allowed Danes to live happy and fulfilling lives.
— Ariana Huffington

This enlightening account is a probing—and inspiring—work.

Malene Rydahl delivers an impressive and enjoyable argument in favor of the Danish recipe for happiness. It’s enough to make you book a one-way ticket to Copenhagen.

A praise of happiness in our daily lives.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393608922
ISBN-10: 0393608921
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Pages: 144
Language: English