What Nairobians need to learn from the happiest people in the world

By Hudson Mukanzi | Thursday, Aug 22nd 2019 at 12:39
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Nairobians are busy people. You can see it on the roads in the morning. Traffic jams, the hooting of cars and trecking multitudes fill each road in the city. When I am in my home office, I'm left wondering where men and women are running too early in the morning, and in the late hours in the evening. With too much going on, it is easy to get lost in the endless circles of life.

What is the use of the money we chase after if we can't sit with our families and enjoy life? Busy schedules are there from January to December, and it can only be fair to our bodies and relationships to take time off and refresh.

It is time we slow down.

As we seek happiness, there is a lot we can learn from the happiest people in the world.

Why Danes are the happiest in the world

People from Denmark dominate the worlds happiness reports for one reason - Hygge. This word means creating an atmosphere that allows one to enjoy and relish the fine and simple things. Simple stuff like sitting together with family and having a cup of coffee in the evening, or coming together on the weekend to discuss the good side of family matters includes hygge.

Looking at it, it is something most of us have done in the past but just didn't notice that we were practicing hygge. Do you remember the day you were taking tea in the evening on the balcony on a rainy day? What about listening to your grandmother's stories around the fireplace at a time in the village? Well, that was hygge.

You know the feeling, right? You can't really explain it in words other than saying it is a good feeling. That is what Nairobians need.

It's Not About Discos and Parties

I know what some people are already thinking. Hygge is not about hosting your friends at home for a party or taking time out to the discos or bars. That is nothing close to hygge.

Hygge is setting a comfortable space. Where everyone is secure, and the people around are those you can trust. It is not the time to intoxicate yourself. These individuals ought to be close to you. Those you feel a strong bond with.

After you come together, it is not time to discuss the problems, the politics of the country or the frustrating results from yesterdays match between team A and B. Prepare meals together, practice life lessons, learn how to love, and laugh. Light the candles and lower the volumes on your sound systems. No television. No entertainment. Just relishing the moment.

That is what Nairobians need. We need hygge. More friendships. Additional love. Let's practice more of these to enjoy the money we work hard for.

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