Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tips for enjoying the winter months

Who would have thought that a cool weather climate like Denmark would also be the happiest country on the planet, according to the United Nations?  An article, "How 'hygge' can help you get through the winter", suggests possible reasons for this nation's state of good mental health.  Some of the variables include:

  • Health care coverage for all
  • High rate of gender equality
  • Relatively clean air, assisted by half of the citizens of Copenhagen commuting by bicycle
  • Sixth highest per capita gross domestic product in the world
  • Minimum of five weeks of paid vacation
  • A value of taking time for simple things and togetherness, that is expressed in the concept of "hygge".  

With this morning's temperature of 9 degrees it is a good time of year to evaluate one's lifestyle, so as to enhance mental health.  I took time to bake some home made bread and muffins.  It help partially to warm the house, while smelling and tasting good.  

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