The tiny country of Denmark has been voted one of the happiest countries in the world for over 40 years in a row. This year, it once again took the No. 1 spot!
So what's the secret to their success? In my new book with co-author Iben Dissing Sandahl, The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids, we explain how the Danes' continued happiness is due to their upbringing. Happy kids become happy parents who repeat this powerful cycle.
And one of the keys pillars of the Danish parenting model is hygge. Pronounced "hooga," it means "to have a cozy time together" typically with family and other loved ones. Hygge is such a core part of the Danish culture that you rarely hear a conversation without it being mentioned. While it sounds simple and straightforward, it actually takes some effort to put hygge into practice — but it really does work to improve well-being.
Even if you don't live in Denmark, these are easy ways you can incorporate more hygge into your parenting. Here's how to start: