Glückspilz (“lucky mushroom”): That’s how Germans refer to a person who is always on the fortunate side

Literally: “lucky mushroom” / meaning: a person who has a lot of luck in life

They say happiness is the only thing that gets bigger when you share it. That’s not quite true. So do STDs, for example. 

But what does a German actually need to be happy? According to a study from 2020, the job is the most important factor—how could it be any different? This is followed by factors such as health and place of residence. Partnership only takes the forth place. An interesting fact in this context: According to the study, men gain significantly more emotional benefit from their partner and are less able to cope with breakups. Women, on the other hand, are not quite so dependent on a stable relationship in order to feel like a real Glückspilz 

The word Glückspilz in the sense of a lucky person goes back to the fact that the toadstool is one of the most popular symbols of luck in our culture. A toxic fungus, of all things. But, when you recall the study correctly, even a nasty mushroom poisoning can’t spoil a German’s mood as long as he has a steady job.


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