May 27, 2024

For more than 500 years, the concept and way of life known as “sisu” have been a part of Finnish culture.

It is centered on tenacity and fortitude but lacks a proper translation. It’s about having the perseverance to press on in the face of hardship and seemingly insurmountable obstacles

Finland has held the top spot as the happiest nation in the world for six years in a row. I’ve spent the majority of my life here, and I firmly feel that sisu contributes much to our wellbeing and capacity to keep such an upbeat and resilient outlook.

How to incorporate sisu into your life:

1. Look for a cause other than yourself.

We can endure so much more when we labor for a goal that benefits a larger community, according to research by psychologist Angela Duckworth.

Find a bigger cause to identify with when you face a challenge or need the motivation to carry on. It might be your loved ones or friends, an inspiration, a deed you strongly believe in, or a cause that is dear to your heart

2. Increase resilience through training.

Harnessing our inner sisu is made simpler by preparation and practice. According to studies, our bodies have hidden reserves that they spontaneously pull into when we most need them. Therefore, the more we push ourselves, the more we develop habits that support our resilience.

3. Be gentle with yourself and get outdoors.

I used to believe that I needed to be harsh on myself in order to succeed. However, if you don’t strike a balance between hardness and compassion, there are some boundaries to how far you can go.

Walking and hiking is very important. It helps us find an inner calm and sense of happiness that serves us during hard times.

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