Dutch kids are super happy and adults are super successful at achieving living a wonderful lifestyle. Could it be a secret formula that Dutch parents have discovered, when it comes to raising the happiest children on earth? Back in 2012, a Unicef study even found that Dutch children are the happiest in the world!
First off, happiness for Dutch people is centered around lifestyle. A hygge appeal concept…So we can imagine that Dutch children are growing up in hygge homes, where families take genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special!
Could it be that American parents are following the Kardashians…Where Dutch parents are following sites like Hygge House created by Alex Beauchamp, an Aquarius who doesn’t believe in astrology. Her bike is her preferred mode of transportation, as is good linens over jewellery and baking to cooking. She gardens for the cut flowers (peonies, tuberose, sweet peas), shops only when necessary (malls give her vertigo), and dreams about sleeping for more than four hours at a time. She adores Thursdays, dresses, tea, hats and the great outdoors.
British writer Michele Hutchison believes Dutch happiness is about “gezelligheid” the convivial, cozy, fun, or nice atmosphere, but can also show someone belonging, time spent with loved ones, the fact of seeing a friend after a long absence, or the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling.
The only common trait to all descriptions of gezelligheid is a rather general and abstract sensation of individual well-being that one typically shares with others. All descriptions involve a positive atmosphere, flow or vibe that colors the individual personal experience in a favorable way and in one way or another corresponds to social contexts.
The Happiest Kids in the World: Bringing up Children the Dutch Way
· Dutch babies seem so content, and sleep so well?
· Dutch parents let their kids play outside on their own?
· The Dutch trust their children to bike to school?
· Dutch schools not set homework for the under-tens?
· Dutch teenagers not rebel?
What is the secret of bringing up the happiest kids in the world?
In a recent UNICEF study of child well-being, Dutch children came out on top as the happiest all-round. Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison, both married to Dutchmen and bringing up their kids in Holland, examine the unique environment that enables the Dutch to turn out such contented, well-adjusted and healthy babies, children and teens.
Read this book if you want to find out what lessons you can learn from Dutch parents, to ensure your kids turn out happy!