Finding Fika in Stockholm

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Sweden is renowned for fika, so when we ventured to Stockholm Ollie and I were on the look out for the best cafes to grab a great coffee and sweet treat.

In the 2017 World Happiness Report released this week Sweden ranked 9th place, and we think it’s got to have something to do with this delicious tradition. In fact, a number of studies have linked fika breaks to both the high satisfaction and productivity rates in Sweden (BBC, 2016; Virgin, 2017). Alex Pentland, a computer scientist, monitored the impact of scheduling regular all-staff coffee breaks. He found that staff productivity increased by 10-15% and satisfaction by up to 10%. The main reason was the connection the employees built with one another whilst discussing non-work related topics in a flat, non-hierarchical environment (2017).

We certainly enjoyed exploring Stockholm’s best coffee shops, and the caffeine definitely helped to fuel our long days spent exploring the city. So whether you’re looking for a fika break to enhance your productivity at work, or simply a spot to rest and refuel whilst exploring the city, here’s a round up of our favourite places to enjoy a hot drink and a baked good… Continue reading “Finding Fika in Stockholm”

What is an “eco” yoga mat and where can I get one?

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Ever wondered what the difference between a normal yoga mat and one with an “eco”label is? Well, yoga mats are typically made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which has been found to be bad for both your body and the environment. “Eco” yoga mats, on the other hand, are usually made from a natural rubber or jute that is biodegradable and less harmful to your health and that of the planet. Continue reading “What is an “eco” yoga mat and where can I get one?”