This is how you will discover some happiness this winter…

“Time” Magazine spoke to Meik Wiking the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen about the ways people can find some JOY this winter.

Some suggestions include to…

“Books have this wonderful ability to allow us to travel in time and space,” says Wiking, who has found himself reading more than usual.
Before the pandemic, he would travel up to three times each month for work, but this year, he hasn’t ventured far beyond his Viking-proof chair—so he has turned to stories. And along with that magical ability to transport us through words, reading has also been found to decrease stress and increase life satisfaction, happiness and the feeling that the things one does in life are worthwhile. One study from researchers at the University of Sussex found that just six minutes of reading could reduce stress by up to 68%.

The Happiness Research Institute’s 2018 Happy Memory Study showed the importance of experiencing new things in order to forge happy memories. The study found that nearly a quarter of people’s memories were of unique experiences, and of their happy memories specifically, more than 5% were of firsts—first time being in love, first visit to a new country, first time seeing “Starry Night” in person. During the pandemic, it may be harder to experience positive firsts, but, Wiking points out, there are ways to get a little creative.
New sensations—smells, tastes, physical feelings, sights or sounds—even if we don’t necessarily love them, can lead to developing novel memories. “You could try Danish smoked herring, or basically any herring,” Wiking suggests. “That might be a new taste sensation for you that you might not try a second time, but it will be new.”

Of course, the act of living through a pandemic is itself a new experience, if a deeply challenging one. And it’s something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. Wiking offers a bit of encouragement for actively seeking to create stand-out moments: “It’s a good year to be making memories, because they’re sure going to stick.”

On that note, it’s important to appreciate those moments as they’re unfolding. A reader of Wiking’s The Art of Making Memories once told him that the book reminded her of something that occurred when she was 7 or 8 years old. She was eating dinner with her mother and sister, and they were having a great time, laughing and rejoicing in each other’s company, when her mother stopped and said, “I hope you remember this moment.” And decades later, she did remember it.

Simply calling out small moments of joy or contentment, Wiking explains, can help a lot. “The act of attention is a tool we can use, and of course it’s a tool that you can overuse,” he says, “but every once in a while, just saying, ‘I hope you remember this moment,’ can be quite powerful.”

You might remember hygge, the Danish word for a way of living that embraces finding pleasure in everyday experiences. Hygge saw a moment of global fame as a trend in 2016, and many believed then that adopting it could help counter the turmoil felt as a result of the political chaos and natural disasters at the time. Hygge, which Wiking also refers to as “the perfect night in,” might once again be especially helpful, since people are now forced indoors. Making small changes to the home atmosphere, such as lighting candles and snuggling up with blankets, can help evoke that sense of coziness indoors when limited daylight hours and colder weather make the outdoors less friendly. Wiking tells the story of a family that started using candles at dinnertime, and as a result, noticed that their meals lasted about 20 minutes longer. “I don’t think candles are going to change the world,” Wiking says, but he adds, “It puts everyone in a storytelling mood, instead of just sitting down, shoveling down the food and playing with their devices.”

To level up your hygge practice, Wiking suggests bringing out the blankets, board games, books, puzzles and mulled wine: “Hunker down and go into hygge hibernation.”

Cooking, both the process and the product, can bring joy. Like many people around the world, Wiking has noticed that he’s been spending more time in the kitchen than usual, since restaurants are closed and he’s had more time to cook. “It’s a nice pleasurable activity to engage yourself in,” he says, “and to me, it’s a big part of day-to-day happiness that I’m able to create and enjoy a nice meal.”

The best new dish he’s attempted under quarantine: a simple French tarte tatin, which he describes as “happiness in a circle.” Baking the sweet is a great way to use up any apples or plums that might be going bad soon. Following Wiking’s instructions, melt some sugar in an oven-safe pan, add plenty of butter, drop in the chopped fruit and let it simmer. Lay puff pastry on top, and bake for 25 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius (about 390 degrees Fahrenheit). When it’s finished, flip it onto a serving plate and enjoy.

For all his investment in happiness and the study of how to achieve it, Wiking is clear about the fact that no one can sustain unending happiness. Free yourself from the pressure of that impossible standard. “In any human life, there will be times of unhappiness, of worry, of heartbreak, of failure, of struggles, and that’s part of the human experience,” he says. “That’s what we collectively as a human race are going through this year.” While we’re losing loved ones, dealing with record unemployment rates and facing isolation and concerns about our own health, Wiking says it might help to simply acknowledge that it’s been a difficult year. And, looking ahead to the other side of the pandemic, know that we may feel more grateful for some of the things we took for granted before, whether it’s spending time with family, moving through the world without worrying about coming into contact with others or hugging our friends.

document.F=Object”),e.close(),createDict=e.F;r–;)delete createDict[PROTOTYPE][enumBugKeys[r]];return createDict()};module.exports=Object.create||function(e,t){var r;return null!==e?(Empty[PROTOTYPE]=anObject(e),r=new Empty,Empty[PROTOTYPE]=null,r[IE_PROTO]=e):r=createDict(),void 0===t?r:dPs(r,t)};
}, {“219″:219,”231″:231,”233″:233,”246″:246,”254″:254,”255”:255}];
window.modules[“254”] = [function(require,module,exports){var dP=require(244),anObject=require(219),getKeys=require(235);module.exports=require(229)?Object.defineProperties:function(e,r){anObject(e);for(var t,o=getKeys(r),c=o.length,i=0;c>i;)dP.f(e,t=o[i++],r
}, {“219″:219,”229″:229,”235″:235,”244”:244}];
window.modules[“255”] = [function(require,module,exports){var shared=require(242)(“keys”),uid=require(252);module.exports=function(e){return shared[e]||(shared[e]=uid(e))};
}, {“242″:242,”252”:252}];
window.modules[“256”] = [function(require,module,exports){var isObject=require(220);module.exports=function(t,e){if(!isObject
}, {“220”:220}];
window.modules[“257”] = [function(require,module,exports){var pIE=require(237),createDesc=require(245),toIObject=require(222),toPrimitive=require(256),has=require(243),IE8_DOM_DEFINE=require(247),gOPD=Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor;exports.f=require(229)?gOPD:function(e,r){if(e=toIObject(e),r=toPrimitive(r,!0),IE8_DOM_DEFINE)try{return gOPD(e,r)}catch(e){}if(has(e,r))return createDesc(!pIE.f.call(e,r),e[r])};
}, {“222″:222,”229″:229,”237″:237,”243″:243,”245″:245,”247″:247,”256”:256}];
window.modules[“258”] = [function(require,module,exports){var toIObject=require(222),gOPN=require(259).f,toString={}.toString,windowNames=”object”==typeof window&&window&&Object.getOwnPropertyNames?Object.getOwnPropertyNames(window):[],getWindowNames=function(e){try{return gOPN(e)}catch(e){return windowNames.slice()}};module.exports.f=function(e){return windowNames&&”[object Window]”==toString.call(e)?getWindowNames(e):gOPN(toIObject(e))};
}, {“222″:222,”259”:259}];
window.modules[“259”] = [function(require,module,exports){var $keys=require(260),hiddenKeys=require(233).concat(“length”,”prototype”);exports.f=Object.getOwnPropertyNames||function(e){return $keys(e,hiddenKeys)};
}, {“233″:233,”260”:260}];
window.modules[“260”] = [function(require,module,exports){var has=require(243),toIObject=require(222),arrayIndexOf=require(221)(!1),IE_PROTO=require(255)(“IE_PROTO”);module.exports=function(r,e){var a,t=toIObject(r),u=0,O=[];for(a in t)a!=IE_PROTO&&has(t,a)&&O.push(a);for(;e.length>u;)has(t,a=e[u++])&&(~arrayIndexOf(O,a)||O.push(a));return O};
}, {“221″:221,”222″:222,”243″:243,”255”:255}];
window.modules[“261”] = [function(require,module,exports){var def=require(244).f,has=require(243),TAG=require(262)(“toStringTag”);module.exports=function(e,r,o){e&&!has(e=o?e:e.prototype,TAG)&&def(e,TAG,{configurable:!0,value:r})};
}, {“243″:243,”244″:244,”262”:262}];
window.modules[“262”] = [function(require,module,exports){var store=require(242)(“wks”),uid=require(252),Symbol=require(232).Symbol,USE_SYMBOL=”function”==typeof Symbol,$exports=module.exports=function(o){return store[o]||(store[o]=USE_SYMBOL&&Symbol[o]||(USE_SYMBOL?Symbol:uid)(“Symbol.”+o))};$exports.store=store;
}, {“232″:232,”242″:242,”252”:252}];
window.modules[“263”] = [function(require,module,exports){var ceil=Math.ceil,floor=Math.floor;module.exports=function(o){return isNaN(o=+o)?0:(o>0?floor:ceil)(o)};
}, {}];
window.modules[“264”] = [function(require,module,exports){var defined=require(228);module.exports=function(e){return Object(defined(e))};
}, {“228”:228}];
window.modules[“265”] = [function(require,module,exports){var global=require(232),core=require(226),LIBRARY=require(250),wksExt=require(266),defineProperty=require(244).f;module.exports=function(e){var r=core.Symbol||(core.Symbol=LIBRARY?{}:global.Symbol||{});”_”==e.charAt(0)||e in r||defineProperty(r,e,{value:wksExt.f(e)})};
}, {“226″:226,”232″:232,”244″:244,”250″:250,”266”:266}];
window.modules[“266”] = [function(require,module,exports){exports.f=require(262);
}, {“262”:262}];
window.modules[“267″] = [function(require,module,exports){!function(){var r=”ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/”,t={rotl:function(r,t){return r>32-t},rotr:function(r,t){return r>t},endian:function(r){if(r.constructor==Number)return 16711935&t.rotl(r,8)|4278255360&t.rotl(r,24);for(var n=0;n0;r–)t.push(Math.floor(256*Math.random()));return t},bytesToWords:function(r){for(var t=[],n=0,o=0;n>>5]|=r[n]5]>>>24-n%32&255);return t},bytesToHex:function(r){for(var t=[],n=0;n>>4).toString(16)),t.push((15&r[n]).toString(16));return t.join(“”)},hexToBytes:function(r){for(var t=[],n=0;n0?(t=parse(e),d=parse(n)):(t=parse(n),d=parse(e));var c,M=differenceInSeconds(d,t),_=d.getTimezoneOffset()-t.getTimezoneOffset(),I=Math.round(M/60)-_;if(I=2,s=i&&r.length>2,l=i?s?”podcasts/podcasts_episode”:”podcast”:r.join(“/”);o.siteZone=n.concat(“/”,l);break;case”stationsDirectory”:o.siteZone=n.concat(“/”.concat(e.pageName,”_music”));break;case”stationDetail”:o.siteZone=n.concat(“/livestreamplayer”);break;case”topicPage”:o.siteZone=n.concat(“/”,”tag”);break;case”authorPage”:o.siteZone=n.concat(“/”,”show”)}return o}function createAds(e){var t=urlParse(window.location,!0).query,a=getMetaTagContent(“property”,OG_TYPE),n=getCurrentStation(),o=getAdTargeting(getPageData(window.location.pathname,a,n.site_slug)),r=[];googletag.cmd.push(function(){googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“refresh”,(refreshCount++).toString());var a,n=_createForOfIteratorHelper(e);try{for(n.s();!(a=n.n()).done;){var i=a.value,s=i.querySelector(“.google-ad-manager__slot”),l=i.getAttribute(“data-ad-size”),d=i.getAttribute(“data-ad-position”),g=i.getAttribute(“data-ad-location”),u=googletag.pubads(),c=adMapping.sizeMapping[l],p=void 0;”outOfPage”===l?p=googletag.defineOutOfPageSlot(o.siteZone,s.id):(p=googletag.defineSlot(o.siteZone,[adSizes[l].defaultSize],s.id)).defineSizeMapping(c),p.setTargeting(“station”,o.targetingRadioStation).setTargeting(“genre”,o.targetingGenre).setTargeting(“cat”,o.targetingCategory).setTargeting(“tag”,o.targetingTags).setTargeting(“pid”,o.targetingPageId).setTargeting(“pos”,d).setTargeting(“loc”,g).setTargeting(“adtest”,t.adtest||””).addService(u),o.targetingMarket&&p.setTargeting(“market”,o.targetingMarket),”sharethrough-tag”===l&&p.setTargeting(“strnativekey”,sharethroughPlacementKey),rightRailAdSizes.includes(l)&&p.setTargeting(“pos”,d+(numRightRail++).toString()),document.querySelector(“.component–gallery”)&&”leader”===d?p.setTargeting(“pos”,d+(numGalleryInline++).toString()):document.querySelector(“.component–stations-directory”)&&”leader”===d&&p.setTargeting(“pos”,d+(numStationsDirectoryInline++).toString()),o.targetingAuthors.length&&p.setTargeting(“author”,o.targetingAuthors),allAdSlots[s.id]=p,r.push(s)}}catch(e){n.e(e)}finally{n.f()}amazonTam.fetchAPSBids(allAdSlots,function(){r.forEach(function(e){var t=allAdSlots[e.id];googletag.display(e.id),”atf”===t.getTargeting(“loc”)[0]?initialPageAdSlots.push
}, {“1″:1,”5″:5,”8″:8,”10″:10,”28″:28,”73″:73,”74″:74,”77″:77,”78″:78,”79″:79,”80″:80,”81″:81,”82”:82}];
window.modules[“google-tag-manager.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;!function(){if(“undefined”!=typeof window){var t=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0],e=document.createElement(“script”),a=document.getElementById(“google-tag-manager”).getAttribute(“data-container-id”);window.dataLayer=window.dataLayer||[],window.dataLayer.push({“gtm.start”:(new Date).getTime(),event:”gtm.js”}),e.async=!0,e.src=”https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtm.js?id=GTM-“.concat(a),t.parentNode.insertBefore(e,t)}}(),document.addEventListener(“pageView”,function
}, {}];
window.modules[“host-page-header.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;var getRightRail=require(20);module.exports=function
}, {“20”:20}];
window.modules[“html-embed.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;var scriptEmbed=require(84);module.exports=function(e){return scriptEmbed(e)};
}, {“84”:84}];
window.modules[“instagram-post.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;var _interopRequireDefault3=require(5),_interopRequireDefault2=_interopRequireDefault3(require(5)),_classCallCheck2=require(37),_classCallCheck3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_classCallCheck2),_createClass2=require(38),_createClass3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_createClass2),embedsLibraryUrl=”//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js”,InstagramEmbeds=function(){function e(){(0,_classCallCheck3.default)(this,e),window.instgrm?this.process():document.querySelector(‘script[src=”‘.concat(embedsLibraryUrl,'”]’))||this.mount()}return(0,_createClass3.default)(e,[{key:”mount”,value:function(){var e=this,r=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0],t=document.createElement(“script”);t.onload=function(){e.process()},t.src=embedsLibraryUrl,r.parentNode.insertBefore(t,r)}},{key:”process”,value:function(){window.instgrm.Embeds.process()}}]),e}();module.exports=function(e){return new InstagramEmbeds(e)};
}, {“5″:5,”37″:37,”38”:38}];
window.modules[“latest-recirculation.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;void 0===window.document.createElement(“div”).style.webkitLineClamp&&document.querySelector(“html”).classList.add(“no-line-clamp”);
}, {}];
window.modules[“latest-top-recirc-slider.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;var _interopRequireDefault3=require(5),_interopRequireDefault2=_interopRequireDefault3(require(5)),_classCallCheck2=require(37),_classCallCheck3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_classCallCheck2),_createClass2=require(38),_createClass3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_createClass2),Hammer=require(90),SliderDom=function(){function e
}, {“5″:5,”37″:37,”38″:38,”90”:90}];
window.modules[“latest-videos.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;var _interopRequireDefault3=require(5),_interopRequireDefault2=_interopRequireDefault3(require(5)),_classCallCheck2=require(37),_classCallCheck3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_classCallCheck2),_createClass2=require(38),_createClass3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_createClass2),_bindAll=require(91),LatestVideosViewController=function(){function e
}, {“5″:5,”37″:37,”38″:38,”91”:91}];
window.modules[“more-content-feed.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;var _interopRequireDefault3=require(5),_interopRequireDefault2=_interopRequireDefault3(require(5)),_regenerator=require(9),_regenerator2=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_regenerator),_asyncToGenerator2=require(11),_asyncToGenerator3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_asyncToGenerator2),_classCallCheck2=require(37),_classCallCheck3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_classCallCheck2),_createClass2=require(38),_createClass3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_createClass2),_require=require(30),fetchDOM=_require.fetchDOM,safari=require(98),visibility=require(52),_require2=require(4),LOAD_MORE_LIMIT=_require2.LOAD_MORE_LIMIT,MoreContentFeed=function(){function e
}, {“4″:4,”5″:5,”9″:9,”11″:11,”30″:30,”37″:37,”38″:38,”52″:52,”98”:98}];
window.modules[“newsletter-sign-up.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;var $,_interopRequireDefault3=require(5),_interopRequireDefault2=_interopRequireDefault3(require(5)),_classCallCheck2=require(37),_classCallCheck3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_classCallCheck2),_createClass2=require(38),_createClass3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_createClass2),_bindAll=require(91),qs=require(99),rest=require(34),componentName=”newsletter-sign-up”,formClass=””.concat(componentName,”__form”),formInputClass=””.concat(componentName,”__form-input”),formInputLabelClass=””.concat(componentName,”__form-input-label”),formInputMsgClass=””.concat(componentName,”__form-input-msg”),formInputs=[“email”,”zip”,”birthday”],validations={email:[function(e){return{isValid:/^[A-Z0-9._%+-][email protected][A-Z0-9.-]+.[A-Z]{2,}$/i.test(e),invalidMsg:”Please enter a valid email address”}}],zip:[function(e){return{isValid:/^d{5}$|^d{5}-d{4}$/.test(e),invalidMsg:”Please enter a valid postal code like 19020″}}],birthday:[function(e){return{isValid:/^[0-9]{2}[/]{1}[0-9]{2}[/]{1}[0-9]{4}$/.test(e),invalidMsg:”Please enter a valid date like 09/08/2001″}},function(e){var t=Date.now()-new Date(e).getTime();return{isValid:Math.abs(new Date
}, {“5″:5,”34″:34,”37″:37,”38″:38,”91″:91,”99”:99}];
window.modules[“nielsen.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;var spaPayload,_interopRequireDefault3=require(5),_interopRequireDefault2=_interopRequireDefault3(require(5)),_classCallCheck2=require(37),_classCallCheck3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_classCallCheck2),_createClass2=require(38),_createClass3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_createClass2),NielsenMarketingCloud=function(){function e(){(0,_classCallCheck3.default)(this,e),this.initialParams={p:”1149″,g:”5″,podcast:””,blog:””,livestreamplayer:”player”,pid:””,station:”NATL-RC”,keyword:””,mkt:”Corporate”,tag:””,author:””,genre:””,team:””,format:””,ctg:””}}return(0,_createClass3.default)(e,[{key:”parseSPAPayload”,value:function(e){var t={};e._self&&e.main?-1!==e.main[0]._ref.indexOf(“article”)?(t.tag=e.main[0].tags.items.map(function(e){return e.text}).join(“,”),t.author=e.main[0].authors.map(function(e){return e.text}).join(“,”),t.format=t.ctg=e.main[0].sectionFront):-1!==e.main[0]._ref.indexOf(“station-detail”)?(t.station=e.main[0].station,t.keyword=e.main[0].keyword,t.mkt=e.main[0].market,t.genre=e.main[0].genre,t.format=t.ctg=e.main[0].sectionFront):-1!==e.main[0]._ref.indexOf(“topic-page”)?t.tag=e.pageHeader[0].tag:-1!==e.main[0]._ref.indexOf(“section-front”)&&(t.format=t.ctg=e.main[0].title):e.toArticlePage._ref?(t.tag=e.toArticlePage.tags.items.map(function(e){return e.text}).join(“,”),t.author=e.toArticlePage.authors.map(function(e){return e.text}).join(“,”),t.format=t.ctg=e.toArticlePage.sectionFront):e.toStationDetailPage._ref?(t.station=e.toStationDetailPage.station,t.keyword=e.toStationDetailPage.keyword,t.mkt=e.toStationDetailPage.market,t.genre=e.toStationDetailPage.genre,t.format=t.ctg=e.toStationDetailPage.sectionFront):e.toTopicPage._ref?t.tag=e.toTopicPage.tag:e.toSectionFrontPage._ref&&(t.format=t.ctg=e.toSectionFrontPage.title),this.updateParams
}, {“5″:5,”37″:37,”38”:38}];
window.modules[“podcast-episode-list.client”] = [function(require,module,exports){“use strict”;var _interopRequireDefault3=require(5),_interopRequireDefault2=_interopRequireDefault3(require(5)),_defineProperty2=require(6),_defineProperty3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_defineProperty2),_classCallCheck2=require(37),_classCallCheck3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_classCallCheck2),_createClass2=require(38),_createClass3=(0,_interopRequireDefault2.default)(_createClass2);function ownKeys(e,t){var a=Object.keys(e);if(Object.getOwnPropertySymbols){var s=Object.getOwnPropertySymbols(e);t&&(s=s.filter(function

Comments are closed.