Before I moved to Denmark, you would not believe how many people came up to me and told me that I was moving to "the happiest country in the world". I never really knew what that was all about, but since then I have heard lots about this notion of what makes a country "the happiest"....
I am WAY too practical to just accept the idea that Denmark is made up of happy people, who are constantly smiling; rather I want to know WHY. What makes this tiny country continually appear at the top of such surveys? And now I have my answer....hence today's LIKE.
The OECD measures a country's "happiness indicators" in 11 difference categories:
and I am HAPPY to report (pun intended!) that Denmark ranks at the top in more than 1 of these 11 categories including my "LIKE" for today... WORK-LIFE BALANCE. This criterion means the most to me simply because of the fact that I moved from the country that ranks 23rd in this category. Yes, we work HARD in Denmark and I put in many hours, but I truly feel like I work in an environment that helps me to maintain the balance between Work and LIFE... and in an environment where we actually work to live, instead of the American way of living to work....
According to the OECD: