Hygge: 6 Ways To Embrace The Danish Art Of Enjoying Everyday Life
From the 1st Choice Lending blog
Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) is a Danish term. It describes the feeling of coziness and contentment that one gets from enjoying the simple things in life, as well as the practice of cultivating them regularly.
What is hygge?
It’s common knowledge that the Danish are, statistically, among the happiest people on Earth. They regularly top the World Happiness Report, and the reason for this is widely speculated upon. (For example, they pay some of the highest taxes in the world, but most believe that contributes to a better society.) However, there’s one other element that’s been introduced into pop culture vernacular as well:
Hygge. Deriving from the sixteenth century Norwegian term “hugga,” which means “to comfort,” or “to console,” it is correlated with the English word for “hug.”
Even if you’ve never heard of Hygge before, you’ve certainly felt it. The meaning of Hygge is embodied in the sensation of cozying up with a warm cup of tea to read a book by the window while it rains. It’s lighting candles at night and enjoying a clean and cozy home. It’s gathering for a dimly lit dinner with friends, during which everyone laughs and enjoys one another’s company (yes, lighting is a huge part of Hygge, but we’ll get to that in a minute).
Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen released a book that helped launch the local term into global popularity. He argues that it’s the Danish ability to simply enjoy everyday life that makes them among the happiest people in the world. “What freedom is to Americans, Hygge is to Danes,” he said. In his work, he outlines exactly what the practice of Hygge entails, and how one can go about cultivating a happier, warmer, and more welcoming environment in which they and their loved ones cannot only live, but thrive. Here, some of the main ways to accomplish just that:
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