A Piece of Danish Happiness: One Woman finds the secrets of the happiest people in the world

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An amusing witty memoir packed with happiness research (deciphered), quirky facts and amusing personal vignettes about American Sharmi Albrechtsen's life in the happiest country in the world: Denmark. Despite having the highest personal tax burden anywhere, a newcomer unfriendly community and grey, gloomy weather nearly all year round, the Danes lead the world in the happiness rankings and she was determined to find out why. The book reveals that the unspoken Laws of Jante are why the Danes have a unique mechanism for 'keeping it real' with lowered expectations. While it seems quite straightforward, unlearning American values like materialism and ambition to reach a higher goal of everlasting happiness was a rocky transition. With the help of her Danish friends, thousands of blog fans and Oprah's Lifeclass, Albrechtsen found the true meaning of happiness and shed her destructive materialistic ways.

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American journalist and MBA, Sharmi Albrechtsen has lived in Denmark for more than 12 years. Before moving to Denmark, she had been a self-confessed HAP ( Hindu American Princess) with a platinum credit card  but after a decade of Danish Jante Law, Danish in-laws and SKAT (taxes), she has mended her ways.
She writes about the Danish Happiness phenomenon in a personal witty way interspersed with her own story, interviews, research and Blog comments from her popular award-winning Blog column on Denmark's official website  denmark.dk 

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'A great read. In the U.S. it's always like 'want more, achieve more, ambition! In Denmark it's like 'relax, have fun with your family, enjoy a bicycle ride, bask in the sun.'- Oh My News, South Korea

Her research provides an enlightening and entertaining read, especially for those intrigued by Scandinavian lifestyle or baffled by how the world's greyest countries manage to consistently rank as the happiest.  For those looking for a witty memoir coupled with psychological research and amusing analyses, look no further than A Piece of Danish Happiness.  - The Copenhagen Post

It's a fascinating book and Albrechtsen's honesty - she is not afraid of anecdotes that paint her in a bad light - is extremely refreshing. --- The Bookbag, London, Jill Murphy

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