The Danish Way


Denmark has been voted as one of the happiest countries in the world for over 40 years in a row. Countless articles and studies have been devoted to discovering the reasons why. But the results are always unclear. In this groundbreaking book, American author and Danish psychotherapjst, Alexander and Sandahl claim to have uncovered the real secret to the Danes happiness. And it is, quite simply, in their upbringing.Danish parents raise happy children who grow up to be happy adults who raise happy children and the cycle repeats itself. The Danish Way of Parenting takes a fascinating look at some of the differences between American and Danish parenting styles and explains why the Danish Way has been so effective in creating happier, more resilient people for so many years.Alexander and Sandahl ask the reader to remove their “cultural glasses” for a moment and try on a “Danish way” of seeing things and then take a look at the world around them. Can anyone improve their wellbeing and cultivate the happiest children in the world in their own backyard? The answer is yes!


  • “This book stays with you, empowers you to find the joy in the way we see ourselves and our children, with the hope our children will pass that lesson on when they become parents. Finally a deeply optimistic yet practical point of view”

    Jason Goodman

  • “A book that makes the reader reflect. It isn’t just about becoming a better parent but how you stand in the world, how you relate to others and what kind of person you want to be. I loved that angle to it!”

    Karin Wessel

  • “Having studied the the reasons behind the Danish happiness model for years. I found this book to be a clear-sighted, very useful and smart guide on how to improve your own happiness level as a parent and how to foster happier children the Danish way. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to give themselves and/or their children the best chances of a happy life.”

    Malene Rydahl, keynote speaker and Goodwill ambassador of Copenhagen

  • “With a profound understanding of the positive impact that empathy and connectedness bring to parenting, The Danish Way empowers parents across the globe to check their own default settings and consider the whole child. Their take on the importance of free play is a breath of fresh air in a time when young children are over-scheduled and under stress. Highly recommended for parents everywhere.”

    Katie Hurley, LCSW, author of The Happy Kid Handbook

  • “An emotionally smart, gem of a book. The Danish Way offers a shining alternative to high-stress modern parenting, and families from New Delhi to New York will shout with joy. Forget the pursuit of happiness, this book gets to the authentic roots of family happiness. I guess I’m Danish.”

    Heather Shumaker, author of It’s OK Not to Share and It’s OK to Go Up the Slide