“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation”.
After reading about the Danes and why Self-Care is such an important part of their priorities whether it is for men or woman, now you know why I created this blog.
I call this Extreme Self-Care because us living in the U.S. in an extremely competitive culture, like extreme sports, self-care needs to be extreme or it will never become a part of your life.
I created it because I believe that women are more into Self-Care than their significant others, one to bless their own lives, and two, because women feel that family is so much a part of their lives, and that self-care, is way to spread kindness to their family, friends and into their communities. Men I feel somehow get this idea of Self-Care, second hand, from their spouse.
But going further today, I decided to ask the question. Why American are such unhappy people.
As a start, I decided to fist as most economists would suggest is examining our GDP/capita. It represents GDP/population. The idea being that the higher is a country GDP and the fewer people, it creates a better income level and more material happiness.
Economist will examine this statistic because it assumes that people living in that country have more STUFF or to some more FLUFF. The more stuff an individual the happier they are or they presume.
So which people should be the happiest without examining individual incomes? What comes up may surprise you which the top ten are:
1. Qatar $141.000
2. Luxembourg $101.926
3 .Singapore $85,382
4. Brunei $78,000
5. Kuwait $74,646
6. Saudi Arabia $69,971
7. Ireland $65,144
8. Norway $ 61,197
9. Switzerland $61,086
10. U.S.A. $56,924
If you will notice, we living in the U.S. according to a World Bank assessment are number 10. However, what may surprise you that it is not the people of the United States that are said to be the happiest people in the world, but the happiest people in the World are living in Denmark.
According to the World Bank the people of Denmark are said to be number 16 on their chart with making only $46, 624 in comparison to all those other higher income countries above.
The QUESTION is what is DENMARK'S SECRET?
That is the topic we will discuss today. In fact, the heading should give you a heads up on the reason why. World Kindness STARTS with SELF-CARE and then spreads outwards.
So why are people in Denmark so much happier and defying that entire economist suggest that make people in a country happier which is MONEY.
The reason is because the Danes and the ancestors of those famous Vikings of which my genealogy is derived are the most self-caring people on the EARTH. I only discuss this because as I suggest above.
So what have the Danes done to improve Self-Care as a nation? That is by creating a Self-Care culture. In 2007 the Danish government through EurWORK, established a Prevention Fund with an objective to:
1. Prevent burnout and stress caused by poor safety and health conditions in the workplace.
2. Help people stay in work.
These objectives were met not by companies themselves with Government Funds to help companies in the implementation process.
“The self-help kits (forebyggelsespakker) were launched in January 2011 and are still on offer. The kits provide step-by-step instructions on how to improve not only employees’ health, but also health and safety conditions in industries where workers are at a high risk of burn-out. Front-line managers and the employees follow the instructions over a period of about 4–6 months.
They take part in activities including physical exercises, meetings and external counselling, and consider how to use strategies to minimize burdens. Upon completion, there is an evaluation phase. Although all the fund’s programs have the same overall objective of improving occupational health and safety, the kits are unique in the sense that the companies make the improvements themselves.
The social partners and the government select the industries that are given the kits (in Danish). Enterprises receive grants to take part and DKK 46.2 million (€6.2 million) was allocated to 756 enterprises in 2013 – although, according to the fund's annual report, the total funding available was DKK 59 million (€7.9 million) (in Danish, 532 KB PDF).”
I am not suggesting we need to force government to enact all companies but because companies were offered money to put it in place, and not a direct enforcement, is why this program was a huge success.
The Question is how such a Government program affected the lives of not only the industries but the people living in Denmark and in initiating their very own SELF-CARE personal programs.
The idea that caught on in Denmark created and individual revolution that spread because of their need to deal with Harsh Winters. So the idea of those kits began setting up a culture of Self-Care and self-care communities. But it is something because even our winter of 2016, which was so harsh, we American’s too can learn much from the Danish.
According to Helen Russell, a British journalist and author of A Year of Living Danishly, spent a year trying to crack the secret to Denmark’s success when her husband relocated there for work. The answer: the concept of hygge (pronounced hoo-guh).
“[Hygge] is the complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming. It’s being surrounded by calm relaxing things,” says Russell from her home office in Denmark — candles burning, her dog resting on her feet to keep them warm. Russell sees hygge as a big happiness influencer, especially in the colder months.
And though creating a warm and inviting home is a big part of hygge (even Russell’s son’s daycare burns candles), it’s about more than being physically cozy. It has been a way of life for the Danes since the 18th century, with comfort at its center — namely, making time for family, friends and, most importantly, doing things you enjoy.
So what can we learn from this. What you can learn is by reading ideas from my blog on Joyfuloving on ways you can UP your very own personas SELF-CARE initiative. You don’t need a company to teach you. Simply draw deep from your soul self as what you can do to make your start realizing that:
World Kindness STARTS with SELF-CARE and Spreads Outwards!