SISU

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

Just when you thought you were run­ning out of Scandi life­style trends, the Finns have in­tro­duced ‘sisu’. The term – which doesn’t have an ex­act trans­la­tion in English – fo­cuses on hav­ing grit, per­se­ver­ance and courage in the face of chal­lenges.

Fin­land re­cently topped the 2018 World Hap­pi­ness Re­port and its res­i­dents have sisu to thank for it. Grounded in the idea that life is bet­ter when you just keep go­ing, it’s the act of trans­form­ing set­backs into op­por­tu­ni­ties.

You can ex­pect to see it plas­tered on ev­ery book in the self-help aisle soon, but if you’re keen to de­velop a lit­tle sisu on your own, start by set­ting your­self some ev­ery­day chal­lenges. Stick with that morn­ing surf de­spite the cool­ing weather, vow to cy­cle to work ev­ery day ( even if it rains), and smash out an ex­tra burpee when you feel like giv­ing up.

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