You are probably reading this blog asking, “What in the world is a Hygge?”
Meik Wiking has written a great book called, “The Little Book of Hygge, Danish Secrets to Happy Living.” This book appealed to me, and I wanted to share some of what I learned.
With 6 more weeks of winter upon us (thank you Groundhog,) it is the perfect time to explore Hygge. When translated into English Hygge means “comfort.” Hygge is the feeling you get when you are snuggled by the fire, under a cozy blanket with a cup of warm hot chocolate. More than that, Hygge is time with family, quite time resting, reflecting and enjoying.
We are missing this in America. We are overscheduled, over-planned, overworked. We place so many demands on ourselves, on our children. The CDC stated that 1 in 7 children are diagnosed with some form of mental issue, Children’s Mental Health. Some of this is unavoidable, but there are small adjustments you can make to feel more comforted, more rested, more Hygge. How can you become more Hygge?
- Take time to shut off. We have blogged about this a number of times, but turning off your screens is crucial. Instead, play a board game together.
- Enjoy nature. Bring in some fresh flowers, go for a walk, open a window. Breathe fresh air; your lungs will thank you.
- Be comfortable. Spend time in your favorite sweatpants, under a cozy blanket. Splurge on a delicious tea, coffee or dessert. Spend time snuggling and being cozy.
- Socialize, quietly. Enjoy your family and friends, without the hustle and bustle of dinner reservations. Have a game night, or spend time cooking together. Sit down to talk and interact. Take time out of your day to really listen to others that are important to you.
- Be mindful. Try to live in the moment, enjoy peace and quiet, and be grateful.
“The Little Book of Hygge” is a quick and easy read. I recommend taking some time to live like the Danish; the brain benefits of comfort and peace are quite powerful.
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