Copenhagen: How a City Can Spark Joy in Your Life

Travel Tips for Copenhagen from Joan

The Danes certainly have a happy life. In fact, Copenhagen is said to be one of the happiest cities in the world.  The absence of  car traffic and “road rage” may be just one of the reasons why.  More than half the city bikes to work and there are more bicycles in this city than any other country in the world.

Copenhagen is the land of bicycles. Half of the city gets around on bikes…more than any other city in the world!

We are told Danes have less stress in their lives because they have the time to interact more with others, they are outside on their bikes rather than in cars, their life “sparks” joy, and there is a sense of purpose in their lives. There’s a lower baseline of stress in Denmark. The things that stress and worry us most here in the United States are taken care of by their government:  free health care; a comfortable retirement; free education (including college); clean environment; and general trust in their government. Yes, Denmark’s taxes are high but when you think about what you get for them, it’s less than what we are spending here as individuals to get the same things.  It’s a universal truth…when you don’t worry, you ARE more happy.

Don’t Worry…Be Happy

Bob Marley

You might not be able to visit Copenhagen, but, if you haven’t heard about Yale’s most popular course in the history of the university (one that teaches you to be happy) you should know about it.  And the good news is it’s now available online:  Yale’s Course on Happiness Available Online   (The Science of Well-Being)

I’m going to learn from my travels to Copenhagen. In fact we all could.

 

Photo by Lynn Karlin

 

 

COPENHAGEN

Travel Tips from Joan

MY PHOTOS FROM COPENHAGEN
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BEST BREAKFAST

 

YOU MUST DO THIS!!

 

MY FAVORITE ART MUSEUM IN COPENHAGEN

 

 

3 DAYS OF DESIGN 2018

 

 

 

REFFEN CONTAINER PARK
A new urban playground for co-creation, innovation, food  & creativity

Food and shops housed in old shipping and trucking containers.  It opened just a couple weeks before we got there.  What a great idea! (see more photos from my traveling companion and professional photographer, Lynn Karlin, at the bottom of this post)

 

SHOPPING & ACCOMMODATIONS

 

 

 

Me…getting my Hygge on 😊 at Pluto restaurant!

 


 

LINKS & INFO

BOOKS – all available at Hammertown

Best Guide Book: Copenhagen Style Guide: * Eat * Sleep * Shop (it was our Bible when we were there); The Little Book of Lykke and The Little Book of Hygge

Best Breakfasts: Cafe Atelier September, Hafnia Bar (organic)

Favorite Retail Stores: HAY HOUSE (reminded me of Hammertown); ECCO shoes (we walked 8-10 miles a day and the Danish-made shoes I bought were fantastic and so comfortable)

3 Days of Design: – Denmark’s Annual Design Event with over 90 unique design brands and artisans will unveil their new concepts within lifestyle, lighting and interior design. (check website later for 2019 dates)

Reffen Container Food Park.  The fun new Reffen Container Food Park (just opened a couple weeks ago in Copenhagen…it was fantastic!

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art:  Plan for the day. They have great lunches and dinners.

Canal Ride:  a MUST

Markets: Antique market (every Friday & Saturday) at Thorvaldsens Plads and Saturday flea market in Frederiksberg

Hotels: Sp34 and we stayed at Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

Restaurants: Recommend making reservations before as some need months advance notice.  Noma and Host (reservations needed many months in advance); Pluto also book in advance.

Other restaurants we went to without reservations:  Cafe Norden, Hummer Restaurant on Canal Nyhavn

Visit Christian Shavn and Islands Brygge and visit the Danish Architecture Centre

 


PHOTOS FROM LYNN KARLIN

 

3 Days of Design 2018 – Copenhagen

 

 

see more of Lynn Karlin’s wonderful photos of Copenhagen (and more) on her Instagram Page.

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