Born in 2012, the day of happiness is celebrated every 20 March International Happiness Day , therefore the day before the start of Spring and it is a very serious thing, since it was proclaimed directly by theUN General Assembly. The council members realized that happiness was one fundamental purpose of humanity and recognized the need to maintain a more equitable and balanced approach to economic growth, in particular that which promotes sustainable development, the fight against poverty and the well-being of all people. It was therefore recognized that happiness is a fundamental human right.
There are many ways to be happy, but there is no single recipe. Everyone can do something, every day, not to chase an impossible happiness, but to make every single day splendid. And you? What’s your recipe?
On the day of happiness, one cannot fail to speak of one word in particular. We have heard about it over the years and have been inundated with books with the word Hygge written in huge letters.
The hygge is a Danish word that can be translated into Italian as “pleasant”, “well-being”. It can be used as a verb, adjective, noun. And it is a way of being that you experience when you are at peace with yourself, with your family, with your friends, with your body, inside and out. The following is an example of a family’s hygge oath. Are you ready for the day of happiness?
We are willing to:
- turn off mobile phones and ipads
- we leave any problems outside the door. There are other times to focus on our troubles
- do not complain unnecessarily
- give everyone their contribution, so no one gets trapped where to do all the work
- light candles if we are indoors
- make a conscious commitment to enjoy food and drink
- do not raise controversial topics such as politics. Anything that creates conflicts or arguments is not hyggeligt. We can discuss those things at another time
- telling and repeating funny, cute and uplifting stories of both of the family about the past
- don’t brag too much. Bragging too much can create a slight divide
- don’t compete
- do not speak ill of others or focus on negativity
- play games that the whole group can participate in
- commit ourselves to be grateful to those around us and who love us
Every year, for the day of happiness, a “World Happiness Report“which collects data from around the world and reveals the ranking of the happiest nations on the planet. The report is not based only on a perception, it is in fact analyzed 6 parameters and concern: per capita income, social support, life expectation at birth, freedom to make life choices, generosity, crime rate.
For the fourth consecutive year we find Finland first in the standings, followed by Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands, while Italy is in 25th place.
According to the happiness report, the credit is mostly of the government which plays a fundamental role in achieving this goal, like all those of the countries of Northern Europe, namely Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, where it appears that not only the inhabitants are happier, but also the immigrants.
But fundamental factors are also i interpersonal relationships and the fact of having a single goal: the common good. In a city like Helsinki, the happiest city in the world in the same report, people live well. Maybe we should take an example from them!
Here are the five secrets of Finnish happiness:
- Start the day with a cold shower. Finns love winter swimming and are used to doing it by the lake or the sea. When you emerge from the frozen water, the circulation is activated and the body begins to warm up. Thus the brain is facilitated in the production of serotonin, which together with dopamine, balances the mood by removing stress.
- To read. Finland reads a lot and is considered the most literate nation in the world. With a population of 5.5 million, nearly 68 million books are borrowed a year.
- Walk in the forest. It has been scientifically proven that just 15 minutes spent in the forest calms the pulse and gives relief to the whole organism.
- Home cooking cinnamon bread, or korvapuusti. They are cinnamon buns baked in the oven with a pinch of cardamom. We could try the recipe!
- Visit museums, even virtually. Art is fundamental to any culture and we have tons of museums to visit!
Article sources: Visit Denmark, Worldhappiness.report