Helen Russell, The Guardian

Helen Russell

The Guardian

United Kingdom

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Past articles by Helen:

‘There is a lot of excitement’: Tour de France comes to Denmark

Anticipation mounts in greatest cycling nation in the world for world’s greatest cycling race → Read More

Snow, sunburn and second lunches: Danish paddleboarder’s 870-mile odyssey

Casper Steinfath says he’d be stoked with some company on trip around coast – and he should be home well in time for his wedding → Read More

Danes revel in ‘dancing cow day’ for first time since Covid outbreak

National event to mark organic dairy cattle’s release from winter barns has been online only since 2020 → Read More

Lego offers £100m to find innovations tackling ‘global childhood crisis’

Exclusive: Competition seeks entries supporting children’s play, health and education in wake of Covid pandemic → Read More

Sami people ask Danish queen to return sacred ‘witchcraft’ trial drum

Norway’s indigenous people seek permanent ownership of artefact seized after C17th ‘witchcraft’ trial → Read More

Lego to remove gender bias from its toys after findings of child survey

Exclusive: research reveals harmful stereotypes still hindering girls, boys and their parents → Read More

‘More than a game’: Euros delirium in Denmark despite UK travel setback

Nation with Hans Christian Andersen-inspired football song is hoping for fairytale win against England → Read More

Everyone Is Awesome: Lego to launch first LGBTQ+ set

Toy company’s designer says he was inspired to support the community with rainbow-themed creation → Read More

How I learned that by trying to avoid sadness, I was only making it worse

Bedridden, and unable to move, I realised that I had spent my life running from misery. It was time to confront it, says author and journalist Helen Russell → Read More

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