Decouple well-being and wealth

Today, about a thousand overheated locals are splashing in the water of what used to be a corridor for heavy shipping traffic. Ufabet.

Decouple well-being and wealth

Decouple well-being and wealth

The first harbour bath opened in Copenhagen in 2001, after the city invested in securing clean water, and there are now a handful of these urban oases in the centre of the city. This is during the period when I am living on my friend’s couch. Money is tight but, fortunately, fun can be free.

In Copenhagen, I can cycle everywhere I need to go and so do not need money for fuel, or indeed a car. Regardless of how much I earn, the water will still be as clean and refreshing to swim in. Yes, of course money matters. Eating at the restaurant Noma may still be reserved for the few, but the Nordic countries have managed to some extent to decouple wealth from well-being for the individual.

I think what works well in Denmark is that enjoying a good quality of life does not have to cost a lot of money. If I lost my job and my savings, I would still be able to enjoy most of the same things I enjoy today.

Well, that is easy for you to say, I hear you cry. Try cycling in London – you’d be killed. That is very likely (it is the driving-onthe-opposite-side thing). Therefore, I think it is interesting to hear the story of Michelle McGagh, who went a year without spending a single pound. Michelle is a freelance journalist from north London and the woman behind the book The No Spend Year: How I Spent Less and Lived More.