keynotes by helen russell

Helen regularly gives talks and lectures internationally on happiness, change and what we can learn from other cultures about to handle our emotions – good and bad.  In her keynotes, she covers topics including Danish culture, family life, work-life balance, trust, happiness, the Danish sense of humour, hygge and samfundssind.

Dr Mark Williamson

"Helen is a fabulous speaker and her combination of insight, humour and honesty left our audience spellbound. Her story is fascinating and she brings it to life in such an engaging and memorable way. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from our audience and would love to work with Helen again".

Professor Lord Richard Layard

Co-editor of the World Happiness Report.

"Your talk was amazing. Thank you so much".

Murray Andrews

 Head of Publishing, LEGO Games Publishing

'Helen is a great speaker...I highly recommend.  She brings a friendliness and easy to listen to feel alongside some really fascinating insights and info.  A really awesome talk.'

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Special virtual keynote

Helen offers bespoke keynote talks on resilience, perseverance and reasons to remain hopeful in challenging times, based on eight years of research and personal experiences. As a British journalist who has been studying cultural differences for the past eight years, she is uniquely placed to bring the subject to life in a warm and witty way. Tackling important questions for our current landscape with warmth and wisdom gleaned from cultures around the world.

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The Year of Living Danishly – Uncovering the secrets of the world’s happiest country

This talk is based on Helen’s bestseller The Year of Living Danishly and touches upon the key areas that psychologists and experts agree are important in order to live a more content life. Covering trust, security, a sense of belonging, equality, addressing the aesthetics (& ‘getting hygge with it’) Helen offers an insightful and useful guide to becoming happier – wherever we are. This keynote is suitable for group events, human resources professionals as well as CSR agendas.

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The expat experience (and how to survive it)

In this engaging keynote, speaker Helen gives an overview of the challenges internationals face when moving to Denmark. Combining almost a decade of research with personal experiences and anecdotes, Helen shares practical and useful tips and tricks to make Denmark feel like a home. She covers important areas like culture shock, making friends, and keeping your identity. She also shares her top things not to do when moving to Denmark – cultural faux pas that Helen learned the hard way! This keynote presentation is ideal for international organisations as well as companies looking to hire internationals.

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The cultural differences between Denmark and the UK

As someone who has worked across Europe, America and Asia, Helen Russell keeps discovering more and more about what it means to be British. In this eye-opening keynote, Helen shares the most notable differences between Denmark and the UK – including how Danes have no word for ‘please’, don’t hold doors for each other and talk salaries like it’s everyone’s business. An amusing look at why Brits behave as they do -  perfect for international companies with employees working in Denmark or Danish organisations employing Brits.

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The science of change and taking leaps into the unknown

Helen spent years researching the science of change for her book, Leap Year – how small steps can make a giant difference. Now, she shares the best tools and strategies for embracing change, including how to feel more confident with decision- making, the power of incremental steps and why making leaps into the unknown is always worth it. Helen draws on the knowledge of neuroscientists, psychologists, business leaders, nutritionists and even FBI hostage negotiators for this insightful talk.

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The secrets of happiness from around the world

In this insightful keynote, Helen shares the secrets of happiness from 30 countries – uncovering the unique cultural concepts, habits and attitudes keeping people afloat, worldwide. Based on research from her book The Atlas of Happiness. Helen talks about how the book came about after a series of conversations with strangers - and why we need to look to other countries for inspiration in the face of negative bias. Helen inspires her audience as she shares examples of ways we can all live a better life, as well as what she learned during her research.