I’ll be blunt and start this post with this statement:
I never thought I'd buy this book!
I’ve seen these books in stores and tell myself “wow… we must be really sad to come up with books about happiness…and who would buy them?” And after months, there I was in a bookstore, purchasing my copy.
I browsed it at first & after skimming, I was convinced it’s worth my time. It may be said that curiosity led me to this book but I’m pleased with my decision because I learned a lot from The CEO of Happiness.
The Essence of the Little Book of Lykke
(and how the Danes are considered the Happiest People in the world.)
1. More money does not mean you are happier.
2. Less social media, more time on real connection and relationships.
3. Less ambitions on materialistic stuff.
Stop spending money on stuff that you don’t need to impress people.
4. Buy memory, not things.
5. Move more and make it part of your daily routine.
You can eat the sweets, but be sure to sweat it off later. Danes are not gym rats but on average, they are active for at least 5 hours per week.
"We sit still at work, we stand still on the escalator, we walk through the doors that open automatically, we take the lift we drive to the gym to go to the train on the Stairmaster for an hour."
6. The time you spend commuting has an impact on happiness, too.
7. High level of social trust.
"A successful society is one on which people have a high level of trust in each other - including family members, colleagues, friends, strangers and institutions such as government. Social trust spurs a sense of life satisfaction."
The Little Book of Lykke is very informative and enlightening, too. There are a lot of facts and I’ve found myself agreeing on the things that I’m reading. I also love the humour of the author.
This is not how I usually do book reviews but since this is more of an informative/self-help genre, I chose to do it this way. And yes, I highly recommend that you give it a read! By the way, I also bought the author’s first book (The Little Book of Hygge) because I enjoyed this.
About the Author
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. He and his research have been featured in more than five hundred media outlets, including The Washington Post, BBC, Huffington Post, the Times (London), The Guardian, CBS, Monocle, the Atlantic, and PBS News Hour. He has spoken at TEDx, and his books have been translated into more than fifteen languages. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark
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