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An engaging and practical guided tour of the simple and nature-inspired ways that Finns stay happy and healthy - including the powerful concept of sisu, or everyday courage 

Forget hygge - it's time to blow out the candles and get out into the world! Journalist Katja Pantzar did just that, taking the huge leap to move to the remote Nordic country of Finland. What she discovered there transformed her body, mind, and spirit. In this engaging and practical guide, she shows listeners how to embrace the "keep it simple and sensible" daily practices that make Finns one of the happiest populations in the world, year after year.  

Topics include:  

  • Movement as medicine: How walking, biking and swimming every day are good for what ails us - and best done outside the confines of a gym. 
  • Forest therapy: Why there's no substitute for getting out into nature on a regular basis. 
  • Healthy eating: What the Nordic diet can teach us all about feeding body, mind, and soul.
  • The gift of sisu: Why Finns embrace a special form of courage, grit and determination as a national virtue - and how anyone can dig deeper to survive and thrive through tough times.  

If you've ever wondered if there's a better, simpler way to find happiness and good heath, look no further. The Finns have a word for that, and this empowering audiobook shows us how to achieve it.

©2018 Katja Pantzar (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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A lot of repetition. A lot of repetition.

I did enjoy this book and I think I will adopt alot of the lifestyle changes that are suggested, as I have already started taking daily cold dips or showers. However, I did not enjoy how much the author repeated herself. Repeating something once or twice is fine, but by the 7th or 8th time of hearing the same thing, it's kind of annoying.

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love it!

highly recommend this book! I loved it start to finish! will definitely listen to again and again!

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Great outdoors

I've been having a great time listening to this book as I walk outside and finding my Sisu. #Audible1.

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Wow !

A good dose of commonsense in the hectic world we live in today. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to take care of their mental, spiritual, physical, emotional and financial health with simple down to earth actions. Very liberating.

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  • RAN
  • 2018-07-03

Amazing listen.

So many practical strategies that for health that Finns have been doing for decades / centuries.

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Good

A nice overview of nordic approach to minimalism, health and well being... should be a good read for newbies looking into this areas of life. For others, just a nice collection of banal reminders... which is also fine.

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No content.

The narrators voice was soft and relaxing - unfortunately, paired with the lacklustre content, I fell asleep most of the times I tried to listen. To sum it up - it’s an entire book about how the narrator moved to Finland and found polar dips (cold water swimming), to be inspiring. :/

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What version of Canada did she live in??

I guess she wrote this book years after she left Canada, so she’s maybe describing the 90’s? But the version of Toronto and especially Vancouver she writes about is perplexing and doesn’t sound like the Canada I know. You can choose to live whatever kind of life you want in those cities, it was just HER life that was all celebrities and cocktails and cramped rush hours. She describes Finland like it’s some magical place (and it does sound nice!) but it also sounds pretty similar to Canada... a resilient people, a strong welfare state, revelling in the cold weather, lots of bike paths, tons of time in nature. Sure there are consumerists in every culture, but she over states the case. Sounds more like she was just on a bad path (and in all fairness to her she WAS depressed and her job sounded horrible) but that’s more about her choices and personal situation than there being a remarkable cultural/lifestyle difference. This is all relevant because it undercut her as a reliable narrator for everything else she described: if she misunderstands Canada this badly, who know if there’s any value in what she has to say about Finland? Too bad. Good narration though.

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The "not-secret secret" for a good life!

Great book, great advice, and a very entertaining narrator.

This book reveals the "not-secret secret" for a good life: no nonsensical hacks or unpractical tricks, just real, proven, easy ways to feel good, stay healthy and live with intention.

I see connections to mindfulness and yoga (the a way of life, which includes the physical practice, but not limited to): the Finnish lifestyle and working-out our Sisu muscle seem to be about finding balance between comfort and discomfort... and pushing a bit further!

On a personal level, I'm pleased to discover I've been living this way for most of the last ten years -- but not enough time in nature though -- and the Sauna trips with friends are definitely the highlights of my Canadian winters.

And to make the pun an anonymous reviewer missed.... I loved it, start to Finnish! I will also listen again as it's a feel good, mood boosting, kind of book :)

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Entertaining and enlightening

Great book. Easy to listen to, some great ideas from a society that puts something other than just work and money in the forefront as important. A great guide on making different life choices. Sauna anyone?

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  • MCL
  • 2019-10-07

not much to it

It is SIS-ew not See-sue! I cringed each time. A really interesting personal story of someone who moved to Finland - not really what I thought it would be.

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  • Susan
  • 2019-04-21

I loved this book

I interrupted my reading to take breaks to experience what Katja described. Ice swimming, cycling and walking in nature. See more in less. Her life stories resonate. I am really taking this book to heart. It is to live by.

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  • Lindsay B.
  • 2019-02-16

Great Book

I really enjoyed this book. I was mostly interested in the Sisu discussions. Now I want to go cold water swimming. I even tried taking cold showers :) Now following lots of #finland accounts on Instagram. Sorry if that makes it sound cheesy. It is not, the book is great.

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  • Emily Tucker
  • 2020-12-01

Beautiful

I picked out this book due to my Finnish heritage originally. As an American there were themes that could be seen taking root or even starting to be fads here especially in more social progressive cities like San Francisco, however hearing these themes spoken about as a cultural identity, saunas, cold water bathing/swimming, cycling, walking in nature, it put it in a retrospective that was suddenly not just a hipster fad but, a lifestyle. The idea of Sisu was masterfully articulated just as my grandfather had spoken about it when I was just a boy. Though we may see some of these things in the west already, they are not coming on as much as some other reviewers seem to believe. The ideas and concepts expressed are typically only practiced in very small portions of society. I feel this book shows that these practices are for everyone and discrimination is not necessary for anyone to practice. This book brought many subtle, but in reality huge, changes to my life and my family's life especially in priorities. Thank you.

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  • Suzette
  • 2018-12-08

Meh

It’s a woman’s journey to find peace in her own life. She uses examples from Finland that were nothing new to me as a North American. I suppose swimming in the winter is “new”, but athletes do cold water soaks to relieve muscle pain and ice fishing is certainly not unheard of. Nothing new for me in this book.

I liked her accent and the performance without that I could have gotten everything this book has to cover in a two page synopsis.

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