With travel plans postponed and the cold weather putting a damper on outdoor socializing, winter has most definitely come. This year, instead of giving in to the winter blues, why not take a leaf out of the Scandinavian book? Despite spending half the year in varying degrees of icy cold and darkness, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, along with their Nordic neighbors Iceland and Finland, invariably feature in the top ten of the world’s happiest countries. So, what are they doing right?
When it comes to winter, Swedes do it better. getty
Here are ten Swedish hacks to help get you through the winter months:
A recent New York Times article entitled “Danish hygge is so last year. Say hello to Swedish mys” introduced readers to the quintessentially Swedish concept of “mys” (pronounced mees). While it is similar to the Danish hygge design movement, the article states that, “Swedish mys refers more pointedly to an ultra-cozy atmosphere”. Winter Fridays are all about the mys in Swedish homes, thanks to the modern-day custom of Cozy Friday, or fredagsmys. which involves cozying up on the couch with your loved ones, a good movie, and plenty of comfort food and snacks to celebrate the end of the working week.
Candles and steaming mugs of tea help up the “mys” factor. getty Candles