It’s not Disneyland, it’s Denmark! This tiny Scandinavian country of just over 5 million people has taken the top spot in the 2017 United Nations’ Happiness Index Report. The United States, on the other hand, didn’t even make it into the top #10 and ranked #13, just above Costa Rica! So what makes Denmark the happiest country in the world? It’s not the sandy beaches, sunshine or swinging nightlife, but the Scandinavian emphasis that happiness results from investing in social capital. Work-life balance, free health-care and education, income equality and access to nature are among the many socio-economic factors that consistently earn Denmark the #1 position annually. Denmark’s claim as the happiness haven of the world also has to do with the Danish concept of hygge—an untranslatable word that conveys the inner feeling of joy and contentment experienced from the coziness of being warmed by a fireplace inside on a cold winter day to a walk along the beach with family on a summer sunset. It’s this pursuit of the simple pleasures in life that brings us happiness—and the Danes excel at it! Read full article here.