"The Danes are the happiest people in the world," according to Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. They base their lives on a Danish philosophy of comfort and togetherness and it has helped them for years. Since the 18th-century, hygge (pronounced hue-gah) has been a guide to many of the Danish. They believe that observing the ordinary in everyday moments can be magical like sitting in your preferred chair in the living room or admiring nature. It is a way to create beautiful moments when faced with the mundane. But why did the Danish decide to create this movement throughout their culture? Simply, they were getting bored and were becoming increasingly restless during the harsh dark months of winter. They made it a point to celebrate the small things in life by spending time with friends, creating home-cooked meals or cozening with a cup of tea by candlelight to combat the doldrums. This is the “art of creating intimacy” and the road to simplicity equates to happiness. Here are 5 happiness cues from the Danish that we all should consider anytime of the year.