Lately, I've been reading a lot about hygge. Translated as "togetherness" or "cosiness", hygge is an experience or a feeling, so it's hard to put into words. Personally, I see hygge as the Danish art of living happily. Danes have been rated the happiest people in the world for years and according to Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well and researcher at The Happiness Research Institute, hygge "might be the most important ingredient to happiness." That's why I've been purposely trying to bring more hygge into my life.
Social relationships are a big part of hygge. In fact, it's been proven that the more satisfied people are socially, the happier they are overall. That's probably why Danes are so happy. Friends and family come together to create a safe and warm environment for everyone to enjoy and relax. Cake, candles and coffee are also key ingredients of hygge. Sounds nice, doesn't it? Especially at this time of year, when it starts to get cold and the days become shorter. Then, why not add some hygge into your life?
These are some simple guidelines, but feel free to add on:
- Light some candles
- Experience the present moment
- Be grateful for what you have
- Nourish yourself (physically, mentally and spiritually)
- Spend quality time with family/friends
- Avoid arguments
- Be gentle and loving (to yourself and others)
- Movie night
- Fireplace and boardgames
- Home-cooked dinner
- Tea & cake with family/friends
- Books and hot chocolate
Enjoy and hygge every day!