“Finland ranks as the world’s happiest country based on the 2021 report, with a score of 7.842 out of a total possible score of 10. The report writers credited the citizens of Finland’s strong feelings of communal support and mutual trust with not only helping secure the #1 ranking, but (more importantly) helping the country as a whole navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Finlanders felt strongly that they were free to make their own choices, and showed minimal suspicion of government corruption. Both of these factors are strong contributors to overall happiness.”
If you are interested in the hows and whys Finland became the happiest country in the world, I recommend you read The Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest – Sustenance, Wisdom, and Awakening in Finland’s Karelia by Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle. Pegasus Books published The Sisterhood on October 5, 2021.I found it a fascinating read. This book shows us what a democracy should look like.
A democratically run country like Finland can offer the best healthcare, best education, and cleanest environment all the while providing equal access for all. This includes treating motherhood and fatherhood as equal partners in raising children.
The premise of The Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest answers the question:
“What would happen if you built one of the world’s most advanced societies inside a forest—and strove to make women full partners in power?”
You get Finland – and in Finland, an equal number of males and females serve in government.
One of the reasons for Finland’s success started decades ago and continues today. Women form sisterhoods to help others. For example, sisterhoods would reach out to teach people how to cook with healthy ingredients. When families improved their diets, sturdies found that illnesses like heart disease declined.
Sisterhoods also taught people to forage in the nearby forests while enjoying nature. Every town in Finland has a forest nearby so they can easily surround themselves in nature. Preserving natural habitats has been a priority to the people of Finland.
Their enjoyment and respect for nature reminds me of the Japanese Art of Forest Bathing called Shinrin – Yoku. Here we have two different cultures, finding greater health and happiness by emerging themselves in nature. We have a lot to learn.
Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!