Denmark usually tops the list whenever a survey of the happiest countries in the world comes out. One of the main reasons is because they use a philosophy of low expectations.

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The Danes follow ten cultural rules called "Jante Law." That's how they try to live their life and they all expect to just have an average life.

So when things go well they're happy and when they don't get too sad when things don't work out.

When you read these rules, you'll see they're very different than the unofficial rules we live by. Here are the 10 rules of Jante Law:

  1. Don't think you are anything special.
  2. Don't think you're as good as other people are.
  3. Don't think you're smarter than other people are.
  4. Don't convince yourself you're better than other people.
  5. Don't think you know more than other people do.
  6. Don't think you're more important than you are.
  7. Don't think you're good at anything.
  8. Don't laugh at other people.
  9. Don't think anyone cares about you.
  10. Don't think you can teach anyone anything.

Read more at Quartz.

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