• mahabis guide // how to embrace the norwegian concept of 'friluftsliv'

 

In previous posts, we have discussed the meaning of untranslatable Scandinavian words that all have links to downtime and how they can be incorporated into our own lives. Leading on from fika, hygge and mysa, we are delving into the Norwegian concept of friluftsliv, loosely translating as 'free air life'.  

 

friluftsliv // mahabis journal

 

Friluftsliv perfectly encapsulates the Norwegian way of life. For a country that experiences long, cold, hard winters, its residents spend a surprising amount of time outdoors all year long. Whether it's skiing in winter, wild swimming in summer or hiking in the between seasons, Norwegians understand the importance of fresh air.   

To adopt friluftsliv into your life, you simply have to spend time in the great outdoors, appreciating nature and exploring your surroundings. It's well known that breathing in fresh air and spending time surrounded by nature both helps you to unwind and alleviates stress. By spending as much time as possible outdoors, you're adopting this Norwegian sensibility at the same time as improving your health and wellbeing. 

 mahabis guide // friluftsliv 

Friluftsliv is even a prerequisite at certain Norwegian and Finnish schools, abiding to a philosophy that for children to learn, they must also play and explore the outdoors. By encouraging direct interactions with nature, friluftsliv has been proven to boost creativity, better behaviour and better exam results, as well as providing an outlet for children to burn off excess energy.  

Once again, according to the World Happiness Report, Nordic countries (and Switzerland) have come out on top as the places where the happiest people in the world reside. Considering that Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland (all in the top five) have such harsh winters with little light and plummeting temperatures, it's no mean feat.  

 

friluftsliv // mahabis journal

 

One way of explaining this sense of satisfaction by Nordic folk is the small ways that they have learnt to appreciate the things that matter in life. Whether that's creating a cosy hygge ambience to get them through the winter months, or by embracing their surroundings and appreciating the dramatic landscapes that surround them no matter the weather by friluftsliv. Rather than complaining and hibernating beneath the duvet, they create ways to make the most out of their surroundings.   

It's pretty simple to embrace friluftsliv in your own life. All that you have to do is walk out of the door and appreciate the natural landscapes that surround you. If you live in the countryside or by the coast, you don't have to look far. If you're a city dweller and hiking up mountains isn't your thing, simply seek out your nearest park, or get train out to the countryside. It's as much about appreciating nature as it is exploring the world around you.  

 

friluftsliv // mahabis journal

 

Now that the days are longer and warmer, summer is the perfect time of year to embrace friluftsliv. Get outdoors. Go. Discover. Relax.

 

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mahabis guide // how to embrace the norwegian concept of 'friluftsliv'

 

In previous posts, we have discussed the meaning of untranslatable Scandinavian words that all have links to downtime and how they can be incorporated into our own lives. Leading on from fika, hygge and mysa, we are delving into the Norwegian concept of friluftsliv, loosely translating as 'free air life'.  

 

friluftsliv // mahabis journal

 

Friluftsliv perfectly encapsulates the Norwegian way of life. For a country that experiences long, cold, hard winters, its residents spend a surprising amount of time outdoors all year long. Whether it's skiing in winter, wild swimming in summer or hiking in the between seasons, Norwegians understand the importance of fresh air.   

To adopt friluftsliv into your life, you simply have to spend time in the great outdoors, appreciating nature and exploring your surroundings. It's well known that breathing in fresh air and spending time surrounded by nature both helps you to unwind and alleviates stress. By spending as much time as possible outdoors, you're adopting this Norwegian sensibility at the same time as improving your health and wellbeing. 

 mahabis guide // friluftsliv 

Friluftsliv is even a prerequisite at certain Norwegian and Finnish schools, abiding to a philosophy that for children to learn, they must also play and explore the outdoors. By encouraging direct interactions with nature, friluftsliv has been proven to boost creativity, better behaviour and better exam results, as well as providing an outlet for children to burn off excess energy.  

Once again, according to the World Happiness Report, Nordic countries (and Switzerland) have come out on top as the places where the happiest people in the world reside. Considering that Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland (all in the top five) have such harsh winters with little light and plummeting temperatures, it's no mean feat.  

 

friluftsliv // mahabis journal

 

One way of explaining this sense of satisfaction by Nordic folk is the small ways that they have learnt to appreciate the things that matter in life. Whether that's creating a cosy hygge ambience to get them through the winter months, or by embracing their surroundings and appreciating the dramatic landscapes that surround them no matter the weather by friluftsliv. Rather than complaining and hibernating beneath the duvet, they create ways to make the most out of their surroundings.   

It's pretty simple to embrace friluftsliv in your own life. All that you have to do is walk out of the door and appreciate the natural landscapes that surround you. If you live in the countryside or by the coast, you don't have to look far. If you're a city dweller and hiking up mountains isn't your thing, simply seek out your nearest park, or get train out to the countryside. It's as much about appreciating nature as it is exploring the world around you.  

 

friluftsliv // mahabis journal

 

Now that the days are longer and warmer, summer is the perfect time of year to embrace friluftsliv. Get outdoors. Go. Discover. Relax.

 

photos via unsplash
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