November 8, 2022
If you were to google “Happiest Countries in the World”, you would find a list determined by various factors including GDP per capita, life expectancy, and perceived freedom/ generosity in one’s country. Additionally, one cannot help but notice the overwhelming majority of “happiest countries” seem to be areas with extended winters. Let’s take a look at concepts from other cultures and find out how to have your happiest winter in the Brighton Howell Area.
Get Out and Get Moving
The Norwegian word Friluftsliv (pronounced “free-loofts-liv”) translates to English as “free air life” but holds a deeper meaning than its translation. In Norway, it refers to an uplifting ambiance from getting outside and enjoying nature no matter the forecast (baring unsafe weather). This can be outdoor exercise, napping, bird watching, etc.
Get Moving Outdoors Here:
These slopes can be an all-day or all-evening activity. This year is a little different as all lift tickets must be bought online. If you are looking for a discount try searching the website for weekday after 3 pm tickets. Plus you are less likely to run into lift lines!
Utepils (pronounced “OOH-ta-pilz”) is a Norwegian word that has a literal English translation. “Ute” – outside, “pils”- beer. It is assumed that this will be a fairly sunny day but not necessarily warm. Keep in mind the saying “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” when dressing for these outdoor brews.
This historic hotel turned local favorite brewery allows craft beer lovers to dine indoors but we still prefer the Bier Garten! The brewery has a few amazing gas fire pits, heated standing areas, and a heated igloo that is even nicer on a sunny day! This area is also pup-friendly. Four-legged friends enter the Bier Garten through the parking lot gate.
Find Your Cozy Haven
The Danish word “Hygge”(pronounced hue-gah” or “hoo-guh”) has become more commonly used in the United States. It means coziness that makes you feel a sense of contentment or well-being. This can be a result of things such as enjoying a warm drink, sitting by a fire, cuddling up with a blanket and a good book, or even spending time with people you are close to.
Get Cozy Here:
Brighton Coffehouse & Theatre
Warm up with a delicious cup of fresh roasted and ground coffee or craft tea on a cold winter day. The best part about this coffeehouse isn’t the homemade pastries but the fact that the location also doubles as a theatre. On those warmer days, grab your hot drink to go and adventure around downtown Brighton.
3 words. WARM COOKIE DELIVERY. Make a night in the house a special occasion with the delivery of warm cookies through DoorDash. These treats could go perfectly with a movie night, wine night, pajama night… pillow fort? Whatever you choose, the night is sure to be special.
Find Your Stamina
Winter is long, it can take a toll on physical and mental health. Our last word is Sisu (pronounced – see’-soo), a Finnish concept. Sisu is the strength of your perseverance, determination, will, and ability to act rationally when things get hard. It’s not whether or not you are brave or resilient but that you are consistently those things. This will allow you to overcome anything.
Build Stamina Here:
This fitness studio in Brighton combines hot yoga with strength-based fitness. My favorite class is called “The Release” which combines yoga with core strength, bodyweight exercises, and interval training. This class will quickly make you feel a part of the community as there are lots of opportunities to jump around and engage with fun voice “releases” (more plainly- yelling the class with each jumping jack). Other classes offered are The Fusion, The Strength, and The Calm (an awesome slower class focused on expanding your flexibility.)
Happiness doesn’t have to be reserved for 75 and sunshine. Although, we will welcome that weather when it comes! Now you have the fun new vocabulary, locations, and tips for enjoying the winter season.
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