“Literally meaning free-air-life, this beautiful word is coined by Norwegian poet Henrik Ibsen in 1871. The protagonist of Ibsen’s well-known poem On The Heights is a young man who ventures out into the wilderness in pursuit of a clear mind. “Friluftsliv for my thoughts.”-he says. In his poem, Ibsen refers to being exposed to nature and fresh air as a means for clearing up the thoughts. Yet, the word’s meaning has expanded in time to describe any form of activity that allows people to connect with nature.” Ece Aybike Ala (slow living advocate)
Today, take time to practice the free air life to find calmness and slowness in your life. If you take time to read the full article, you will get 2 bonus Norwegian words that will offer justification for doing the common sense to have wellbeing in your day: a happiness journal and Friday Tacos with friends and family. You must do it regularly. Why? Because there is scientific evidence that says it is good for you. Or you could just do it because it makes you feel good? A fun article to reflect on our lifestyle.
And if you need specific steps to help you being more of the free air life in your own life, the google obliges. No time to go outside? Well you could do much worse than spending time with John Johnston’s photos on Flickr, he really gets the value of the free air life and yet he does not speak Norwegian!
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