By Anna Lustig, GSN Intern
Living in Copenhagen, in the heart of the happiest country in the world, for the past three months, I have certainly learned a lot about happiness. The secrets to the Danes happiness are manifold, but for now, I will focus on one element that I feel is most integral: being at peace with yourself—focusing on your own well-being instead of constantly comparing yourself to others.
While I’m not saying that Jante’s Law is a concept that would work in the U.S. in general, there is much to be learned from this style of thinking in regards to personal well-being and happiness. When you start re-defining happiness as a deeply personal, intrinsic feeling of contentment instead of a result of outward recognition, you will immediately feel more at peace.
So my advice is this. Stop grounding your happiness on having more or less than other people. Stop comparing every little thing you do to how others have done it. Focus instead on your own feelings, remind yourself once in a while what really matters, and be at peace with yourself, because you are the only one who can make you happy.
Don’t see yourself as better or worse than anyone else—just see yourself as you are, and make peace with it.