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BookWatch: This trait may explain why Danes are the happiest people on earth

Hygge: It’s a word most Americans have probably never heard of, but it may be a key to our happiness.

Residents of Denmark are the happiest people on earth: The World Happiness Report — an annual report started in 2012 by researchers from a variety of countries — found that Denmark ranked No. 1 for happiness in three of the four years measured. That’s thanks, in part, to residents having good health and longevity and a high standard of living and feeling a freedom to make life choices, among other reasons.

Of course, good health is one of many factors that contribute to happiness, but a new book claims there is an “overlooked ingredient in the Danish recipe for happiness — hygge.

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