Studies Show that the Danish are Happier and Healthier People

danish flagRealistically,  the Danish  in comparison to other countries have prominent demographics that exemplify what national happiness has been defined upon and measured against. According to UK University of Lancester- analytical social psychologist Adrian White, high levels of happiness are associated with personal health, regional prosperity, and educational stature.


Denmark is a rather miniscule country with universal health care, ethnic purity, enormous tax rates, low birth rates, a high rate of common wealth, and an ultimate peace within. What is it that makes the Danish the happiest? It is their presence, their religion, their faith, motivation, ethnicity, education, background, positive outlook, equality, perspective, and authentic nature.


Although there is positive energy and an adaptive happiness surrounding the country of Denmark, Denmark has the highest tax rates of any other country, often amounting to more than 1/2 of a Dane’s income. Why is this astronomical idiosyncrasy not killing the happiness of the residents who live there?


It is actually a cause and effect mechanism. The Danish have one of the most well-established health care systems, which in turn takes care of elders, children, and residents. In addition Danes also are very dedicated to their education, and their hard-earned tax dollars contribute to this essential purpose. Because of the high taxes people in the country are more equal, a doctor sometimes can bring home the same income as a garbage man.


The focus for the Danish is not so much on wealth and career status, it is one of humility and equality. This results in a term they refer to as “Jante-lov” which is interpreted in English as “you are no better than anyone else.” This frame of mind prospers them and statistics state that their economic value is that of great wealth and fortune, although this is not of the utmost importance to them. Yet, their welfare system is flooded and their economy consistently struggles to maintain itself.


Although the Danish have worldly possessions, they rarely prioritize consuming and shopping. They are more inclined to live in their “post consumerist” society where one’s worth is not measured by the things that they have or flaunt. They place emphasis on the happier things in life, and gain their contentment from the other enjoyable things that life offers.


People that live in Denmark are socialites. More than 95% of the population belongs to some sort of social club which keeps them united among each other, and capitalizes on one of the main concepts of their happiness. Friendship, acquaintance, and trust are what they embrace and enjoy. They have explicitly demonstrated their trust with the low crime rates there as well as the “honor’ systems that are still typically utilized within small marketplaces that flourish the Dane’s society.


They not only trust each other, but they put a great faith in their government, heritage, and country. They live humble lives and exemplify their simplified mind sets by preferring bikes as a means of transportation, although they can easily afford that of a motor vehicle. This also validates that a country should not focus on its population’s wealth but the general morale of the country as the big picture.


Denmark hasn’t the best weather, and is not an ideal picturesque landscape that you would consider a paradise for “happy people.” They are not rich, but remain humble of who they really are. They are surrounded on all sides by wealthier and more prospering countries, but somehow manage to sustain their peace and solace entirely.


The Danish love to drink and are also very acquainted with the likes of smoking and indulging in things that are stereotyped ”bad for your health, bad for you in general”, however year after year and study after study they contend with richer, wealthier, and larger countries and come out as the happiest people. University of Denmark Professor, Dr. Kaare Christensen states that “ the danish have lower standards of expectations, and maintain their content through never having experienced large disappointment.”


Danes are humble and modest when it comes to what they expect out of their lives. They are not trying to make millions or dollars and obtain luxury items, nor do the measure their value by things that are monetary. In addition, he says:


“ People from Denmark get happy when things do not turn out as bad as they could have.”
The country of Denmark could be a valiant example of what other countries and people who inhabit
those countries should incorporate into their national perspective. Adrian White states:


“ The reasons why Danish people are so happy is that they have prosperity, peace, unity, a great healthcare system in place, and sustain their educational needs.”


These are all the main elements that apparently have been proven to result in the happiest nations on the planet.n the planet.

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Written by Heidi Shepard

Heidi was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. At a very young age she discovered her passion for writing, and graduated in 1996 from Florida State University with a major in journalism and minor in Nursing. She is a licensed RN part-time and also works full-time writing for various local health journals and papers. She is a definite asset to Newhealthalert. Not only does her experience and passion show through her keen writing, but her expertise in the medical field enables her to capture the best news topics and subjects found in the health niche.

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