We kick off the new Podcast for Happiness series with a wonderful interview with Helen Russell. Helen is the author of 'The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country. I just finished listening to it on audiobook and it tells the story of her reluctant move from the UK, following her husband and his new job to Denmark. The book details Helen's mission to figure out the their secrets of Happiness. Helen has written for the Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independant, The Daily Mail and Marie Claire among others.
4:22 Helen talks about 'arriving somewhere new and having no friends, no family, no support network and not really any purpose'
9:28 'There is something about making your home environment beautiful that contributes to happiness'
10:53 'There is not bad weather, there is just bad clothing'
13:10 We break down Maslow's Hierarchy of needs - if you don't know about it, you have to listen in -best bit of life guidance you can get
15:29 'If you're worried about keeping a roof over your head, and keeping food on your table, then you don't have the head space to be happy'
21:30 The biological Danish advantages and 5HTT (the serotonin transporter, associated with happiness and wellbeing)
24:10 Lego to manufacture its blocks using sustainable materials
26:10 How Helen was introduced to the Action for Happiness group
30:40 The benefits of singing, alone and in a group - community
Follow up and find out more by reaching out to Helen and be sure to turn up at Conway Hall in Holborn on the 22nd of July. Get tickets here
Facebook: The Year of Living Danishly
Check out the Action For Happiness website (actionforhappiness.org) for more details about the great work they are doing, find out more about the events they hosting, notably the big one in September, where his holiness the Dalai Lama will be speaking at the event. He will be promoting his new book, where he does acknowledge Action For Happiness for the great work they do. Please also visit their donation page there and help to support this amazing charity, where our co founder Lord Richard Leyard is pioneering happiness as a metric to be considered when calculating the 'wealth of a country'.