AUTHOR:  Jessica Nyrop
DATE:  12/03/2020

Hygge pronounced (Hoo-ga) is a Danish term that defines coziness and a good atmosphere.

Year After Year...

Denmark has been marked as one of the happiest countries in the world. Hygge in Denmark is a tradition, it identifies Danish culture. The term hygge is a word, but it also a way of living. We can say a material object has hygge, such as a warm blanket or fire, but hygge is more of a mindset than a thing.

Denmark, located in Northern Europe experiences less than 7 hours of daylight moving into the winter months. Similar to the Northeast of the Unitized States, as we move into winter, we are exposed to less and less daylight or photoperiod. Decreased exposure to daylight can increase risk of developing season depression or decrease our overall wellbeing. Hygge may be a natural way enhance our wellbeing moving into winter.

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How To Hygge

Hygge can be created in any environment, but it can also be created from within. A cozy dish that reminds you of a warm and happy childhood memory; sitting by a fire drinking hot chocolate; talking to a loved one over Zoom with a glass of wine; or wearing sweats pants on the weekend are all examples of hygge.

The definition of hygge differs between individuals. For some, hygge maybe going for a long walk in nature, or self-pampering. For others it may be wining and dining or tidying up a living space.

Stop and Smell the Roses

From within, hygge is a mindset and a way of life. We start to appreciate the simple things of life, stepping away from the “always on the go” lifestyle. For example, enjoying the silence of the house when you are the first to wake at 5 AM, or the smell of fresh air when you open a window. As we focus on the simple things of life, it brings us into the moment, into the now, the present. We can miss so much it we think too far into the future, of “what is going or may happen.” We begin to slow down and start to plant seeds of happiness.

To create your own hygge, curl up with a warm beverage, a cozy blanket and read “The Little Book of Hygge, Danish Secretes to Happy Living”, by Meik Wiking.

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