… Anu Partanen has done all the research so we don’t have to, and her report is The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life. Anu, who came to the US from Finland in 2008, discovered that life in America is fraught with all manner of tension, hypertension, supra-tension, and basal ganglia tension. We don’t live life over here as much as let life kick us around a lot and then make us sit outside in a time out. Anu felt that maybe there was a better answer, and she went off to find out. It turns out it’s not just how Hygge can you be, but also how connected to others and your community can you be. We think it has something to do with how freakin’ cold and dark it can get up there, which is not unlike this winter we’ve been having, right?
–A Good Book Cafe, Sumner, WA