As we endure shorter hours of daylight, colder temps and the irresistible temptation to stay wrapped in a blanket until April, it’s almost instinctual for many of us to hunker down and hibernate until the weather report announces the first thaw.
We may go weeks or months without visiting good friends because we consider the cold, wind and snow an inconvenience. Gassing up a car in December can seem like a feat worthy of a gold medal in winter endurance.
The days are shorter. The nights are longer and colder.
We sleep more. Eat more. Complain more.
There’s nothing positive about being negative about winter, and this mindset can have a domino effect on our mood. It can affect our physical energy, mental focus, work-life balance, and overall well-being.
Instead of griping about cold snaps and dark days, the Norwegian people decided long ago that life was a whole lot easier if people just made the best of winter. They invented a term, koselig (pronounced: kooshleg), to describe ways families, friends and communities can come together to make the best of the weather, even during blizzards.
Koselig, which roughly translates in English to mean “cozy” or “coziness,” isn’t so much a term as it is a mental state. Koselig embraces wrapping up in warm sweaters and sipping hot tea, sure. However, koselig also means braving the elements and meeting friends outdoors for a walk, run or cross-country skiing.
Others ways to adopt the koselig mindset are:
Most important of all: Let go of the unhealthy habit of complaining about winter. It only makes things worse and fuels others’ negative feelings toward a season that offers an abundance of ways to reconnect with friends, family and yourself.