An American teacher in Finland claims that in two years of living in the Scandinavian country, he kicked five bad habits common to Americans. To start, he now doesn’t fear awkward silences. “[Finns] understand that it’s a part of the natural rhythm of human interaction,” Tim Walker writes.
He also doesn’t say things he doesn’t mean. “The Americans I know are in the habit of saying things like ‘Come on over anytime!’ or ‘Keep in touch!’ when we know it will be difficult to follow through on such sentiments,” he says. Read more.