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The world’s four happiest countries are all Nordic, so what can we learn from them?
Scandinavians see winter as something to be enjoyed, not endured. In towns at the Arctic Circle, self-reported depression is surprisingly low during the winter, despite the fact they have 24 hours of darkness from November to January! Keen to channel their positivity? Make like the Danes, who light candles almost daily in winter to create soothing pools of light. WoodWick Fireside Candle in Medium*, £18.99/1,899 points, will do the trick.
Those Nords love their saunas. In fact, Finland has more of them than pet pooches. It makes sense, as scientists have found that a 30-minute sauna session can reduce blood pressure and boost heart rate to levels similar to those when doing medium-intensity exercise. So head there next time you have a spa day, or if you have one in your gym.
It’s thought that Norwegians have been skiing since at least 2000BC – they clearly know it can help slow the effects of ageing and improve balance. Plus, you’ll burn more calories in an hour than playing volleyball or dancing. No slopes near you? Find an indoor ski centre at skiclub.co.uk
Embrace the ‘Nordiet’. Studies have associated classic Nordic fare – heavy in berries, root veg, oats and rye – with lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of stroke and type 2 diabetes. Norwegians also eat lots of oily fish (such as salmon and mackerel), which provide one of our few food sources of vitamin D (hard to get in winter due to the lack of sunlight). Not a fish fan? Try Boots Pharmaceuticals Vitamin D 10µg Tablets, £4.99/499 points (90-pack).
Snuggle up and get koselig (pronounced kush-lee). Say what? It’s a Scandi word that describes a sense of warmth, security, intimacy and happiness (think home-cooked food and curling up under blankets). Create your own koselig at home by cosying up with a cup of hot chocolate: New Zoella Caramel Flavoured Hot Chocolate And Mug Set Boots Exclusive £10/1,000 points. Ahh…
*Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Words Rosie Benson Photography Rodolfo Sanches Carvalho/Unsplash