The happiness of the Danes can easily be explained by 10 cultural rules. Jante Law has ten simple rules and they are all about the happy acceptance of being average. And, it seems that the idea of jante has a big part to play in the smiling Danish faces.
The Law of Jante is the description of a pattern of group behaviour towards individuals within Nordic countries that negatively portrays and criticises individual success and achievement as unworthy and inappropriate.
The Jante Law as a concept was created by the Dano-Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose, who, in his novel A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks (En flyktning krysser sitt spor, 1933, English translation published in the USA in 1936), identified the Law of Jante as ten rules.
There are ten rules in the law as defined by Sandemose, all expressive of variations on a single theme and usually referred to as a homogeneous unit: You are not to think you’re anyone special or that you’re better than us.
The 10 rules of Jante Law:
Rule #1: You’re not to think you are anything special.
Rule #2: You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
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One of the greatest feelings you can possess is happiness. When you are happy, people want to be around you.
Happiness can spread quickly and is very contagious when gratitude, generosity, and positivity are added to your relationships.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
Simple rules for happiness:
Here are some rules about happiness that you should probably ignore if they aren’t making you any happier.
1. Accept what is:
Learn to accept things about the world that you cannot change. Don’t get ‘bent out of shape’ over things that you cannot change.
“Happiness is a function of accepting what is.” – Werner Erhard
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“Man is the artificer of his own happiness.” – Henry David Thoreau
Alphabet of Happiness:
Accept others for who they are and for the choices they’ve made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.
Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.
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Laughing can seem like a minor thing, something we do without really thinking much about it.
A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy. – Thomas Carlyle
Laughter is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born.
Here are some ways to start:
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Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict.
Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. Activate and relieve your stress response.
The health benefits of laughter include the reduction of stress hormones and blood pressure, as well as increased blood flow and oxygenation to the cells and organs.
“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.” — Charlie Chaplin
Benefits of Laughing:
Laughter helps you stress less:
A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
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Happiness at work is the best antidote to stress. Stress doesn’t necessarily come from working too much but from feeling bad while you work.
People who are happy at work tend to enjoy life more and have better health, stronger relationships and a greater sense of purpose. They also have a huge positive impact on the organisations they work for – evidence shows that happier staff are more productive, creative and committed.
Happiness at work has traditionally been seen as a potential by-product of positive outcomes at work, rather than a pathway to business success.
Ryan and Deci offer a definition for happiness in two views: happiness as being hedonic accompanied with enjoyable feelings and desirable judgments and they define happiness as being eudemonic, which involves doing virtuous, moral and meaningful things.
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