Wisdom from Norway

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A Norwegian once said, ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes’.

Remaining positive and resilient in the face of the challenges that winter can often bring is explored in this article: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/26/dreading-a-dark-winter-lockdown-think-like-a-norwegian by science writer and author David Robson, which features the findings of a study conducted by Kari Leibowitz, a health psychologist, in the Norwegian city of Tromsø. The city, which is situated more than 300km north of the Artic Circle, does not see the sun from mid-November to mid- January. The aim of Ms Leibowitz’s study was to understand and examine the ways that the city’s citizens coped during the winter months of darkness.

Her findings are surprisingly positive, showing that many of Tromsø’s inhabitants don’t suffer the kind of wintertime depression that one would expect when living in a country where daylight is so scarce for long stretches of the year.

This thought-provoking article contains ideas and reflections on how we can build up our resilience and find hidden reserves in ourselves during difficult and challenging times.

Ruth Bailey, Church Administrator

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