Newest Obsession: HYGGE
If there is one thing that makes me happy, its wrapping up in a blanket, surrounded by candles, and reading a good book or watching a great show. I have to do this at least once a week to regroup and reset. I recently purchased the ‘relaxation’ Birchbox and included was a book, called The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living. To be honest I was more interested in the eye mask, candle, and face mask and wasn’t even going to read the book, however my kindle died, and I picked up the book and started reading. Within the first paragraph I felt like I had found my people! More often than not, Mike comes home to a dark house with candles lit everywhere. He always asks, “What are you a vampire!?” Well now I just say, no- I’m Hygging (I am trying to coin this as a verb). - According to the book, more than half of Danes light candles almost everyday! I’m telling you- I was meant to be Danish.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
If you were like me, you had never heard of Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga). Hygge is a sense of comfort, togetherness and well being. Hygge is the cornerstone of Danish Life, similar to Wisconsin the Danes don’t have the best weather, yet they are some of the happiest people in the world! Why?? HYGGE! Hygge is the sensation of cuddling up on the sofa in a cozy blanket, during a storm. It’s the feeling of drinking a warm beverage, sharing comfort food, and easy conversation with a few loved ones surrounded by candles. It’s totally my JAM! This is exactly what makes me happy, but I had never known someone had a name for it, or that it was a philosophy and lifestyle of a culture.
Here are a few things you can do to practice Hygge:
- Turn off all the lights and light a bunch of candles
- Be present and enjoy the moment.
- Turn off your phone & computers. Disconnect.
- Give yourself a break from the demands of a healthy lifestyle and indulge in chocolate or cake.
- Build relationships with a few of your closest friends. Spend quality time with a few of your closest friends.
- One of my favorite quotes from the book: “Live life today, like there is no coffee tomorrow.”