Stargaze for a hap­pier sum­mer

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - YOUR HEALTHY WEEK AHEAD -

The Nordic con­cepts of hygge and fika might have kept you cosy this win­ter, but the Scot­tish trend of coorie is about to trans­form your sum­mer. Like its Scandi cousins, coorie – which trans­lates to cud­dling – is based on the idea of find­ing joy in life’s sim­ple plea­sures. But in­stead of gain­ing hap­pi­ness through ma­te­rial com­forts like pas­tries and scented can­dles, coorie en­cour­ages you to slow down and use what’s around you to find in­ner peace. Em­brac­ing the great out­doors through ac­tiv­i­ties like stargaz­ing, hik­ing, swim­ming and kayak­ing is said to keep your spir­its high, as is for­ag­ing for fresh fruit and veg or sourc­ing your gro­ceries from lo­cal farm­ers. Get­ting your craft on, hav­ing a pic­nic or cook­ing up a storm are other ways of prac­tis­ing coorie and, con­sid­er­ing Scot­land was ranked among the 20 hap­pi­est coun­tries in this year’s World Hap­pi­ness Re­port, this might be a trend worth try­ing!

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