6 Minute English - What’s the key to happiness?

Hear about what small things you can do to feel happier about life.

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Hello, this is 6 Minute English from BBC learning English. I'm nail and that's a big smile on your face. You seem happy today and seeing the glass half empty. So you will someone who tries to see the glass half-full you generally look at things in a positive way discussing happiness in the middle of a global pandemic, but right now feeling happy is more important than ever and how many things seem to be out of our control just now. There are small things we can do to feel better about life and maybe even a little happier Dana Denmark. And in fact, will the Nordic countries are often listed as among the happiest places in the world.

Okay. Well, did you know that every year the UN publishes its Global happiness innovate revealing the happiest countries in the world. It's based on the fact is like income life expectancy and health the Nordic countries often come in the top 10, but which country was rated the happiest in 2020. Was it a Iceland V Denmark or say Finland Denmark is famous for bacon and nothing makes me happier than a bacon sandwich. So I'll say it be Denmark will find out the answer later because certainly right to say Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world happiness is she is explaining what happened. This means to her to BBC World Service program the conversation see if you can hear what she thinks.

Well, I think we should be seeking alignment. And then I think we should have practice gratitude and I think we should be more conscious about how we relate to things that happened to us and how much we compare ourselves to others. I do think that what we need to focus on is the quality of our relationship. Did you hear my Lana use the word alignment? She thinks I should be Harmony between my truest sense of who I am what I think and how I relate to others. We should be in alignment or in the correct relation to those things feeling grateful and expressing thanks to all the people. She recommends everyday and having this chat with you Georgina. That's put a smile on my face. It may sound strange but doing this every day can really boost your happiness levels.

Once again seeking happiness in external things as you can here in this chat with BBC World service's the conversation will be running around like a hamster in your we go because it's never enough. And because you will be very quickly the victim of the head and neck strap metal and the head of my touch male is you know, you want something you think if you're more beautiful is getting off the highway to get more money and fame and then you finally be happy and then you get it and you get like a small satisfaction according to Ellen. Chasing external Pleasures like money and fame will leave you feeling like a hamster on a wheel like someone who's always busy but never accomplishes anything useful or finishes what they start. She also says, it's easy to become a victim of the hedonic treadmill. This is the idea that humans adapt to whatever level of Happiness day at Eve as we make more money need the

Boyfriend or whatever we desire or expectations also increase so we never find the happiness. We hoped we would in fact, it's probably the quality of our relationships not external objects that gives satisfaction the pleasure we feel when we achieve something we wanted to do useful tips that Georgiana fading as happy as a Dane. So I thought the correct happiest in the un's 2020 Global survey Denmark. In fact Georgina. It was sea Finland, I guess that bacon sandwiches are even better hurry and stop saying the glass half-full looking at things in a positive way alignment being in the correct relationship things.

Grateful and giving thanks feeling like a hamster on a wheel names you're always busy doing things. But without getting satisfaction the pleasant feeling of achieving something you really wanted to find. The reason happiness often escapes us may involve the hedonic treadmill the human tendency to return to the same level of Happiness of the something very good or very bad has happened that's over this program. We hope it's lifted your spirits and giving you some useful vocabulary as well. And if you liked photo discussions, I want to learn how to use the vocabulary found in headlines. Why not try on user view podcast, you'll find programs about many topics that will help to keep you entertained and learning at the same time. Don't forget you can download the app for free from the App Stores. And of course, we are almost social media platforms by

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