Last year, Finland was named the Happiest Country in the World, for the second year in a row. It’s clear that Finland takes the well-being of its citizens very seriously.
That said, with a brand new year ahead of us, perhaps it’s best to adopt a more Finnish approach to life. In fact, the best way to ensure that you have a productive and healthy 2020 is by incorporating some of Finland’s top wellness habits into your life. After all, happiness has been linked to a number of health benefits.
According to various research, happiness has been linked to reduced stress levels, a stronger immune system, a healthier heart as well as a longer life expectancy.
With that said, here are 4 easy lessons that we can adopt from the Finnish in order to bring some happiness into our lives, and have an incredibly healthy and productive year.
4 Happiness And Wellness Hacks From Finland
1. Sauna Time
According to statistics, Finland has a population of about 5 million, as well as an average of 2 million saunas in the country (1). With almost every household coming fully equipped with a sauna, letting off some steam is clearly a national pastime in Finland.
However, just because you don’t have a sauna in your house doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t visit your local spa to indulge in a sauna treatment of your own. In fact, Finnish research published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal found a strong association between sauna use and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
It’s not just heart health that saunas can help to protect. In fact, they can also offer the same protective properties for your brain. According to a Finnish study published in the journal Age and Ageing, individuals who used a sauna 2 to 3 times per week were 22% less likely to develop dementia and 20% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who did not use a sauna.