Happy Danes

The BBC Magazine is running an article about Denmark, and how “happiness” surveys show that they are generally happier than the rest of us Europeans (I’m including Brits in that). But, in classic BBC style, they need to tell both sides of the story; except in this case I’m not sure what they’re trying to say:

But there are others out to savage the myth of the happy Dane, arguing that low expectations of life account for their unusually happy disposition.

Whether the Danes have lower expectations or not, the assumption is: high expectations trump happiness. That if you’re happy, but it’s because you are content with less, it somehow “doesn’t count”. What rubbish!

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