Original title: The Magic of Sisu: In search of courage, strength and happiness the Finnish way
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (UK); TarcherPerigee (US)
Finnish-born writer Katja Pantzar was raised and educated in Canada, where the consumerist and materially obsessed culture left her feeling empty and unhappy. When she received treatment for depression in her mid-20s, the medical practitioners treating her simply prescribed medication and sleeping pills, no thought given to her lifestyle.
After moving to Finland, Katja discovered sisu: the Finnish approach to well being defined by a special kind of resilience, grit and courage. She embraced this way of living and experienced a dramatic turnaround in her health and happiness.
Simple, functional exercise (as simple as riding her bike to work), the Nordic diet,spending time in nature and water together with a more courageous outlook, all served to transform Pantzar’s life: her anxieties, fatigue and pain left behind in the sea.
In The Magic of Sisu, Pantzar offers an honest (no place is perfect – Finland is not an exception) and uplifting account of her physical and psychological health transformation from a slightly lethargic depressive into an energetic optimist. She examines the link between sisu and the Nordic reputation for excellent wellbeing and overall life satisfaction, and looks at the ways in which we, too, can apply sisu to our lives – wherever we may be.
The Magic of Sisu is a personal but also practical guide to the power of this 500-year-old philosophy and how it can help us all to lead healthier, happier – and braver lives.
CHINA, Yeeyan Publishing
CZECH REP., Mladá Fronta
GERMANY, Bastei Lübbe
SPAIN, Roca Editorial (WS)
UK, Hodder/Hachette (WE)
US, Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House