Denmark - the country of happy people


From an early age, Danish children who have been taught to "lose" by their parents are also valuable, because they are part of life.

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Danes are often hailed as the happiest people in the world. They are even famous for Hygge - a lifestyle that finds themselves satisfied and happy from the smallest and simplest things.

Happiness for people in this rich country often comes from very ordinary things like: curling up in warm blankets to read a book, sipping hot chocolate, laughing with relatives under sparkling candle light .. .


Sitting by the fire, reading a book on a quiet winter night also made people in the Nordic nation feel happy. Photo: BBC.

If faced with force majeure unlucky, the Danes also always use a spell called "Pyt" to overcome. Like Hygge, Pyt does not have similar English words. It implies the meaning of "never mind", "don't worry about this" or "forget it".

In other words, Pyt is a positive term, indicating that you accept a situation that is out of control. Sometimes, these situations make you uncomfortable. Pyt is also used to comfort others, encourage you to accept, overcome difficulties and move forward.

In September 2018, Pyt was recognized as the most popular Danish vocabulary.


The Danes often like to ignore things that are unhappy and keep moving forward, instead of sitting there complaining. Photo: BBC.

Chris MacDonald, an American physiologist, writer, and speaker, in an article titled "Things Denmark teaches me about happiness", said Pyt was one of his favorite words. It was the most positive sound Chris had ever heard. "The word has a great power, it helps us to let go to change. I feel a lot of relief hidden in that word."

Karen Rosinger still remembers the spirit of Pyt and Hygge her parents instilled in her, on a late evening 20 years ago. At that time, a pair of British tourists had a bicycle accident. The wife fell over and broke her collarbone. The doctor who accepted the case was Karen's father. After taking the female tourist to get X-rays and bandages, he called Karen's mother to inform him about being late. Karen's mother told her husband to invite the British tourists to his house for dinner.


Visitors to Denmark often buy souvenirs with the word Pyt at local shops. Photo: BBC.

At dinner, the husband accidentally spilled red wine on a white tablecloth. A silence enveloped the meal. The wife hurriedly turned to reprimand her husband but Karen's mother interrupted. She said that it was not a problem and she would wash the tablecloth. The atmosphere from stress has become more comfortable. A few days later, the British couple returned to Karen's house to have dinner with her parents in a happy atmosphere. Karen believes that it is the relaxed mindset of Hygge and Pyt's perspective that has created the power to change things difficult.

The word Pyt also appears in classrooms, affixed to a piece of cardboard. Its appearance is an encouragement for children who do not win a race or game. Young children are taught by their parents that losing is also one of the most valuable things, because it is part of life.

In addition, this word also means to remind everyone to be optimistic, despite having to change plans at the last minute. For example, if you have prepared everything for a beach trip, but the seas and plans are not possible. For the Danes, they would happily transfer that outing to the indoor pools and not much bother about the plan that had been dumped earlier.

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