Helen Russell, Harper's Bazaar

Helen Russell

Harper's Bazaar

United Kingdom

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Past articles by Helen:

Why it’s good for you to be sad

How to be happier? Learn to be sad (and cry like you mean it) → Read More

The secret to happiness? Get better at feeling sad

We’re conditioned to avoid negative emotions, but those feelings have a function – even crying can be soothing → Read More

Denmark launches children's TV show about man with giant penis

Critics condemn idea of animated series about a man who cannot control his penis, but others have backed it → Read More

‘I’ve grown into a completely different person’: catching up with Gen Z, four years on

In 2016, the Guardian spoke to 16-year-olds across the globe about their hopes and dreams. As they turn 20 in a global pandemic, we tracked them down → Read More

‘Go Ape gone Viking’ – Denmark’s newest treetop attraction

In the Danish town that is home to Lego HQ, Wow Park is a forest wonderland of swings, ziplines and treehouses immersed in nature → Read More

A postcard from the future: life in Denmark after the lockdown

As the restrictions lift and we emerge blinking from our homes, it’s possible to believe that life will be good again, says author Helen Russell → Read More

A very European Christmas: In Denmark, expect foraging, play fighting and napping in church

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without julebryg, the special festive liquorice lager that, despite only being on sale for 10 weeks a year, is Denmark’s fourth-best selling beer → Read More

How a Japanese mind-set can help us love our imperfections (and celebrate post baby pouches)

Want to get happier? Author and journalist Helen Russell has been around the world to find out how → Read More

How the world smiles – uncovering the secret to collective happiness

Optimism is more necessary than ever, and understanding how other cultures approach life’s trials and joys may help us achieve contentment, says Helen Russell → Read More

The art of leaning back: why it’s time to redefine what success looks like

Forget leaning in: leaning back is the way forward for 2017 → Read More

“How quitting my life in London helped me say no to social media envy”

Why none of us are immune to social media envy – and what we can do about it → Read More

How did Denmark become a leader in the food waste revolution?

From community food banks to food waste kitchens and even a supermarket, the Danes have embraced the concept → Read More

Tired of London, not life: what happens when you ditch the high-flying success

I haven’t got a stress knot in my stomach anymore and I can’t remember the last time I felt a sense of dread about ‘Monday’ → Read More

“We’re trusted to do a good job, then leave”: why the Danes finish work on time, every single day

The typical working day is 8am-4pm and overtime frowned upon. → Read More

How living like a Danish woman made me happier (and why it can for you, too)

The land of beer, bacon and Borgen has topped the latest UN World Happiness Report, winning the title of happiest country on earth… again. Denmark-based British journalist, Helen Russell, explains why the land of Nord keeps on nailing it. → Read More

For pensioners, something is spot-on in the state of Denmark

With most rich countries including the UK trying to figure out how to look after old people using finite resources, Denmark may offer several solutions → Read More

A week off from Facebook? Denmark likes this

Group who quit site for a week felt less stressed and spoke more with family and friends face to face, in study by Danish Happiness Research Institute → Read More

A week off from Facebook? Participants in Danish experiment like this

Group who quit site for a week felt less stressed and spoke more with family and friends face to face, in study by Danish Happiness Research Institute → Read More

The public dissection of a zoo’s lion is essential viewing for meat-eaters

There’s international outcry over a Danish zoo’s plan for a public autopsy, but we should take off our ‘Disney’ blinkers and stop anthropomorphising animals → Read More

Gerda Wegener: 'The Lady Gaga of the 1920s'

The Danish Girl tells the story of the painter Einar Wegener, who had the world’s first gender-reassignment surgery and became Lili Elbe. But his wife Gerda had a fascinating life and career of her own → Read More