Denmark tops happiness charts for over 60s

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Denmark often tops the charts as the world’s happiest country, in the most recent World Happiness Report they came in second after Finland. But on the list detailing the happiest countries for people over 60 Denmark was first. Surpassing other nations in the World Happiness Report, Denmark’s secrets to senior satisfaction lie in its societal structures, cultural norms, and appreciation for life’s little pleasures.

The Nordic Welfare State: A Pillar of Senior Happiness

Central to Denmark’s happiness equation is its Nordic welfare state, a system designed to provide essential support to its citizens, including the elderly. With free education, healthcare, and reliable pension schemes, older Danes enjoy a sense of financial security that allows them to enjoy their later years without undue stress. This safety net creates independence and peace of mind, contributing significantly to their overall well-being.

Furthermore, Denmark ensures that everyone, regardless of their background or age, can find happiness. Unlike in societies where only the wealthy seem to thrive, Denmark values equality and inclusivity, making life better for everyone.

Hygge: Cultivating Coziness and Connection

At the heart of Danish happiness lies the cherished concept of ‘hygge,’ an emblem of coziness and togetherness deeply ingrained in the national psyche. Whether sharing a meal with loved ones or simply enjoying a quiet evening at home, Danes embrace hygge as a way of finding joy in life’s simple moments. This cultural practice not only combats the chill of winter but also creates a sense of warmth and connection year-round.

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Embracing Simplicity: Denmark’s Laid-back Lifestyle

Furthermore, Denmark‘s laid-back approach to life highlights the importance of personal fulfilment over material gain. Rather than chasing endless ambition, older Danes prioritise meaningful experiences and relationships, cultivating a deeper sense of contentment and fulfilment in their daily lives.

The Danish Model: Applying Happiness Principles Worldwide

In essence, Denmark’s status as the happiest country for those over 60 stems from its unwavering commitment to well-being, equality, and cultural enrichment. While emulating Denmark’s success may not be feasible for every nation, the essence of its happiness lies in embracing simplicity, and connections, and cherishing life’s small pleasures. In doing so, we can all take a step closer to finding happiness, regardless of age or circumstance.

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Written by

Catherine McGeer

I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!