Thanks to Dr. Jim West, I’ve just discovered that the Danes and the Swiss are the happiest people in the world. He says it has something to do with Luther and Calvin. But, since these great mysteries are written in a language I don’t understand, I had to do some more searching to discover the secret. Alas, nothing about Luther or Calvin’s contribution, but I finally found someone who could shed a bit of light on the situation, in a language I could understand (who knows if it’s true or not–at least I can understand it!).
In January of this year, Dr. Nan shared a couple of reasons why the Danes are so happy. The first apparently has to do with winning the European Football Championship 15 years ago. But then she digs deeper:
Perhaps the biggest reason the Danes are so happy is one you can translate into your own life. Their expectations for the New Year are low. That’s right … low expectations equal happiness. By contrast, Italians and Greeks have high expectations and are low in life satisfaction.
Oh, you gotta love stereotypes 🙂
I still want to know what this all has to do with Luther or Calvin, but for now, I’m happy to find today already holding so many secrets to happiness: A full tank of propane, available at your local CVS pharmacy and now, low expectations.
I’d offer some kind of great reward to the person who translates Dr. Jim West’s post for me, but then I’d be setting you up with high expectations and, hey, I wouldn’t want to make you less happy.