By Lorenza Brock
According to the 2019 World Happiness Report, Finland is the happiest country in the world, with Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and The Netherlands holding the next top positions. What’s even more interesting is that the Nordic countries persistently top the chart year after year! So, what knowledge do they have and what cultural ethics do they live by to make them so happy?
What we learn from the Nordic countries is that from a societal point of view we need to look at building a well-functioning infrastructure where people can feel supported, valued and taken care of. It is therefore not surprising that the Cambridge’s Mill Road area is such a lovely place to live.
The Mill Road Bridges Community of Communities has long been investing time and efforts to bring together different community groups, independent traders and residents to promotes the interests and rich cultural diversity of this neighbourhood. There is a real sense of community here making it such a great place to live, work, visit and be entertained!
It is worth remembering, though, that as individuals we also have a duty to ourselves to actively try to be happy. It requires a constant effort of positivity and willingness. As Miek Wiking, founder of the Happiness Research Institute, explains, we have the power within ourselves to build a bank of happy memories. So, what are you waiting for? Get involved with the community!
Lorenza Brock is a Well-Being Consultant and founder of Wellness & Purpose, based in the Mill Road area.