Sisu: The Finnish Art of Courage
Discover the Finnish quality of sisu and how cultivating it can help you lead a life of greater purpose and happiness.
This ancient Finnish word describes an attitude of courage, resilience, grit, tenacity and perseverance. This key psychological competence enables extraordinary action in times of adversity. To have sisu confers a further dimension of doing so with hone...more
Unlike Finding Sisu: In Search of Courage, Strength, and Happiness the Finnish Way which limits the view of Sisu, Joanna Nylund offers a diverse and thoughtful look at Finnish courage.
What makes this book so wonderful is that it is actually mental health positive. There are moments in the book where Nylund advocates for seeking help when one is unable to go it alone. And that is okay. Asking for help takes sisu. Ad ...more
What I enjoyed most about the work is how a simple concept can embody different activities and perspectives. Working hard at self-improvement over the long haul? Sisu. Trying to overcome a ma ...more
This book felt very different from the books on Danish Hygge and Lykke and the Swedish Lagom which I’ve read in the past. This explored “the Finnish art of courage” and spoke a lot about the way in which we find the bravery to ...more
The material inside is presented in short sections, most with pictures. There is an overview of the Finnish philosophy in qu ...more
Sisu can be defined as grit, perseverance, resilience and desire all packaged into one.
I enjoyed the book and learning about the Finnish culture and history that brought this philosophy into existence.
'Sisu' doesn't have a direct English translation, but can be likened to: courage, perseverance and tenacity. Nylund writes, 'Finland has built, and rebuilt, its future several times over. Looking at sisu as a guiding ethos in life.'
The book is divided into 7 categories of how sisu can be used and measured: life's challenges, our wellbeing, communication, raising chi ...more
Short and informative sections cover a variety of topics (wellbeing, communication, exercise, and more) with a good balance of brevity and detail - the additional facts in the margins were great, giving more colour or insight to the issue at hand.
Only two negatives, for me: 1) At times the link back to Sisu ...more
a guide book to the Finnish mind and then to my mind you may have the opportunity of becoming voluntarily Finnish - see if it fits - I purchased this at Amazon
Since age - osteoporosis and a resultant broken hip I deal with Amazon always I have not visited here lately - and I apologise for that - I now have been awarded ...more
I would read this book before going to bed or before starting the day just to keep my spirits positive and to live well. Can recommend.
This book is actually the encouragement for me at that time I read. Hope that everyone who is in the struggling in life, workplace, love will find the Sisu inside themself to get over and more mature day by day.
The writing is nice and straightforward. Short sentences with out overusing adjetives. I guess that’s a reflection of the Finnish language and people too.
It’s the sort of book you can enjoy in one go, but I took my time to savour the new information and let it marinade my brain. I think I might read it again when ever I’m feeling the ti need a boost of Sisu.
The provided information and advice are shallow and not interesting. With the illustration this book looks more like a web article. Good for a quick read.