What determines life expectancy? Probably, from the level of satisfaction with this life. If the sun shines outside the window all year round, then there is no point in worrying: coconuts will still grow, so you won’t be left without food, and the warm climate makes it possible to engage in any kind of sports, except for winter ones, or just spend a lot of time outdoors.
But for some reason, Norway, in which it rains 400 days a year, is constantly in the top in terms of life expectancy. The country occupies different places in the rankings according to the UN, the World Health Organization and the World Bank Group, but almost never falls out of the top ten. How do they do it in this weather?
If it is cloudy outside the window, then the mood is not at all the same as if it was a sunny day. But have you noticed that if the summer turned out to be sunny and hot, for example, like this summer, then at the end of the season we already forget to enjoy sunny days? I want to quickly get under the air conditioner and hide from the scorching sun and constant heat, and not run to swim in the river or go to the sea.
This is because we get used to it. One sunny day a week is a big event, which means you need to use it to the maximum. And if the sun is scorching for weeks and months, then you no longer want to see it. So in Norway there is little sun, and they try to use the fine days to the fullest. And if it’s gloomy outside, then it’s okay too: you can sit at home or go to the gym.
Typical Norwegian house< p class="article-render__block article-render__block_unstyled" data-points="6">It turns out that one sunny day a week brings a person almost more joy than a whole week of scorching heat. And this is just one example with the weather. Other than that, Norwegians don't have much reason to be unhappy.
The stable economic situation in the country, the opportunity to find a job to their liking and make good money, while leaving more time for family and hobbies (in Norway, a 35-hour work week) – all this makes it possible for people to simply live for their own pleasure without unnecessary stress. The fight against bad habits in Norway is also very successful: judging by the number of people smoking on the streets, tobacco magnates will definitely not get rich due to sales here. And now Norwegians drink about the same amount of alcohol as the European average.
Electric charging for cars in Norway water helps Norwegians to visit doctors less often. And if it comes to them, then all citizens of Norway can be cured free of charge from any disease except those associated with teeth. Services of dentists in the country are paid.
This is probably why people here live long despite the unpleasant climate. The weather outside the window is important, but still the weather in the house is much more important.