The Little Book of Lykke - Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Lykke
Being Connected Is Important - But Not Online
The Connection Between Wealth and Happiness
Experiences Matter
Happiness Killers
A Healthy Body and Healthy Mind
More Free Time - Yes Please
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The Little Book of Lykke
Secrets of the World’s Happiest People
December 2017
William Morrow
Meik Wiking
Meik Wiking is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, research associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, and founding member of the Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies.
The Happiness Research Institute
Why Denmark is the happiest country in the world
How we, too, can become happier
What research says about happiness
People in a country are happy when they feel
a sense of community and when the people
are united around a common good
9 out of 10 Danes are happy to pay taxes,
even though they are between 45 and 52%
Spending time away from the internet has
also been shown to increase happiness.
It also leads to...
They know that the money is going toward a common good
That it provides a safety net for everybody, including themselves
= Living communities
Voluntary co-housing arrangements, where
people establish their own self-sufficient neighborhoods
A sense of community has been shown to increase happiness
Reduced loneliness
Higher levels of satisfaction in life
Wealthier countries tend to rank higher on happiness reports
But that doesn't mean that more money equals happiness
e.g. South Korea has become one of the wealthiest
countries, yet has the highest rates of suicides per capita
The experiences we have in life
directly influence our happiness
But our anticipation of these
experiences is also a crucial factor
This also counts for buying products
...And for fun activities
Buying and owning something is only
one part of what makes us happier
The anticipation of getting it plays a big role
Being spontaneous is great, but scheduling
a fun activity in advance means that we can
derive pleasure from the anticipation, too
Comparing your wealth to that of others
Being micromanaged
Inequality, both economic and perceived
Being physically fit leads to more happiness
Danes are happy because they are fit, and
one reason they are so fit is that they
bike rather than drive
If you can't bike, then walking is the next best thing
A healthy mind is just as important to happiness
Biking to work reduces a person's
risk of premature death by 41%
Taking the bus, on the other hand,
offers the least happiness
Immersing yourself in nature has great
benefits for your psychological health
Denmark has one of the best work-life balances
in the world, which is another reason why
it's such a happy country
The average Dane puts in 300 fewer work
hours than the average American per year
Happy Parents
They also provide 52 weeks of paid leave for new parents
The happiest parents live in Portugal
72% of new parents say that the grandparents
play a key role in raising and educating their children
This kind of support leads to more free
time and therefore happier parents