Many of us have coped with social restrictions by spending more time outside. If you think that will not be possible as winter weather approaches, think again. National Geographic believes a custom in Norway could help people around the world cope better during a COVID winter.
Despite long, dark winters, Norway ranks among the world’s happiest places, and a commitment to friluftsliv (“open-air living”) may explain why. Norwegians celebrate time outdoors every day, no matter the weather. Mental health experts have long known that time spent in a natural environment can boost mood and even alleviate trauma. So, dress appropriately and go outside to adopt the Norwegian saying, “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.”