Planting Seeds of Happiness The Danish Way: Malene Rydahl (Transcript)

Planting the seeds of your dreams gives you a feeling of purpose. Doing something that you love gives you a feeling of purpose.

So, if you project this on a country level, what does that look like?

Well, in Denmark, seven out of 10 Danes like paying taxes because they feel individually responsible and committed to the common project of the welfare state. It gives them purpose, and it is part of what makes them feel content in life. They’re not victims of the system. They’re part of it.

Lack of purpose can come from two things. It can come from not doing what you like in life, but it can also come from not feeling part of anything – just basically executing what you are told to do, being a sort of victim of your own existence.


Well, we can find that passion inside of us. Find that dream and plant that seed and make it our individual responsibility to take care of it so that it grows into something that we can actually choose.

Planting the seeds of our dreams gives us purpose, it gives us hope, and it makes us feel happy.

Now, I’ve talked to you about trust, the freedom to be you, and finding purpose.

But it’s actually not what is given to us in life that really matters, it’s what we do with it. Who cares if you are born in a country with high trust, the freedom to be you, with greater purpose if you take this for granted, if you don’t use it the right way?

It is for us to choose to live by these values, little by little, as well as we can. It is our individual responsibility to make sure that if we want to live in a world with more trust, that we are a trustworthy person, that we show trust in others.

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Don’t be sitting around waiting for someone else to come with that solution. Be that solution.

Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the solution. These values are owned by all of us. They are for us to choose, and I hope I have illustrated that you do not need to be Danish nor to immigrate to Denmark to find happiness.

It is within each one of us and the choices we make to plant these seeds of happiness and to be and to choose to incarnate the change that we would like to see in the world.

Thank you.


Resources for Further Reading:

Tiny Surprises for Happiness and Health: (Full Transcript)

Hacking Your Brain for Happiness: James Doty (Full Transcript)

Stefan Sagmeister: 7 Rules for Making More Happiness (Full Transcript)

The Secret to Happiness by Arthur Brooks (Full Transcript)


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