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What if we learned to embrace winter?

by Marie-Sarah Published on December 16, 2015

For most Canadians, the idea of freezing temperatures, snowstorms and shorter days is something to dread but, believe it or not, Norwegians see the arrival of winter as something to celebrate. What if they knew something we didn’t?

Every year, winter seems to hit us like a ton of bricks. While there may be some Canadians who like winter, there’s no question that most of the water cooler talk from November to April centers around the misery–and not the joys-of the season.

If you fall into this “winter hater” category, following the Norwegians’ example could be a game changer. It certainly couldn’t make you any more miserable!

But how could they possibly like winter, you might ask?

Well, for one thing, they can have tons of fun outside for little or no money going alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, skating or hiking. What’s more invigorating than an afternoon trudging through the snow? Ah, but what about the cold? To this, the Norwegians would say, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!”

These Northern Europeans also have a word–koselig–that conveys that cozy feeling you get from cocooning on a cold day. Imagine sitting by the fireplace, snug as a bug in your wool sweater, sipping on a hot Irish coffee after a day of skiing. Ahhhhh... Maybe we should come up with an equivalent word in English.

Norwegians also appreciate the sheer beauty of their country in the wintertime, and who could blame them when you consider what a feast for the eyes it must be for them to go on a brisk walk on a snow-sapped mountain on a bright winter day!

The Norwegians can teach us a lot about having a positive attitude. Maybe if we changed the way we feel about winter and saw the glass as half full, we would actually enjoy it and inspire those around us to welcome its arrival instead of dreading it.

And in that spirit, have a wonderful winter, everyone!

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