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iFootpath features as part of the Three Secrets to Happiness

Healthy magazine has published an article uncovering the three secrets to the happiness of the Scandinavian countries, all of whom rank amongst the UN’s Top 10 Happiest Countries. We are thrilled to find that iFootpath features in the article’s suggestions for following the principles of achieving Scandi-style satisfaction.

Published by Holland & Barrett and nutritional supplement company NBTY, Healthy is the UK's top-selling wellbeing magazine, with articles on the latest expert health, psychology, beauty, food and fitness stories - everything you need to live a healthier life.

In the UN’s ranking of happiest countries, the UK ranks only at 22, whilst Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland all rank in the top 10. But we can’t blame the UK’s weather on our gloomy ranking, because the Scandinavian countries have worse weather. So what is going on? Healthy magazine uncovers the three secret principles of the Scandinavians: Work to Live, Pitch In and Just Move More...

secretsofhappinessWalking contributes hugely to the latter of these secrets. Scandinavia conjures up images of fitness, vitality and hearty outdoorsy-ness, whether it’s Nordic walkers among pine trees or swimmers in the fjords. People in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland enjoy the constitutional right to walk, cycle, ride, ski, or camp on any land. The Healthy magazine article recommends using iFootpath as a great way to discover the great British countryside, even including a pub stop to boost your satisfaction!

‘Being outdoors is part of growing up in Sweden,’ says Emelie Persson, a publicist from Gothenburg. ‘All that fresh air helps keep us happy.’ In fact, researchers at the University of Exeter found prolonged exposure to green spaces helped us feel less stressed. And remember there’s no such thing as bad weather...just the wrong clothes!

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