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Key To Happiness in Life // Elli Maanpää Art Blog and Illustration // 2018

Key To Happiness In Life

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Key to happiness in life is… moving to Finland. According to the report made by UN 2018 Finland is the happiest nation in the world. Read an article about it here.

The funny thing is: most Finns don’t have a clue that were so happy. We think it’s the opposite. We know our neighbours, people in Sweden and Norway are cheerful folks. But we Finns are supposed to be the grumpy peculiar elves from the woods.

Key To Happiness in Life // Elli Maanpää Illustration in Elli Maanpää Art Blog // 2018

Key To Happiness in Life: Yellow // Elli Maanpää Illustration in Elli Maanpää Art Blog // 2018

The idea of happy people is the all American family with their head replaced with a smiling emoji’s. Instead we Finns are the melancholy people who don’t greet strangers in public spaces. We can sulk alone in public transportation when It’s raining icy water on Monday morning.

Key To Happiness in Life // Elli Maanpää Illustration in Elli Maanpää Art Blog // 2018

Key To Happiness in Life: Turqoise // Elli Maanpää Illustration in Elli Maanpää Art Blog // 2018

I’m starting to realize that that is our key to happiness in life. We don’t have to pretend to be happy if were not. We are given our own space to feel whatever we feel. That’s why when you ask a Finn How are you? We usually give you the honest answer. We’re incapable of lying. Even if it would be a white lie of saying: “I’m good thanks, how are you?”

All this honesty increases the honesty. That’s why we have as a nation the highest trust to another. We trust the police, the president and even our car dealer. We don’t have to use energy of second guessing if something we agreed on will hold.

Key To Happiness in Life // Elli Maanpää Illustration in Elli Maanpää Art Blog // 2018

Key To Happiness in Life: Blue // Elli Maanpää Illustration in Elli Maanpää Art Blog // 2018

So if you decide to move to Finland to see happy smiling people with red cheeks singing and dancing in the flower fields, think again. We might not appear happy on the outside. There is even saying in Finnish “Kel onni on se onnen kätkeköön” which means “He who has happiness, should hide it

Just notice the little sparkle in the corner of the eye. It comes from knowing that were in the safe place – to be as we are.

Who knew that the key to happiness in life is honesty.
Key To Happiness in Life // Elli Maanpää Illustration in Elli Maanpää Art Blog // 2018

Key To Happiness in Life: Red // Elli Maanpää Illustration in Elli Maanpää Art Blog // 2018

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