Hygge, the age-old Danish concept of happiness, has traveled the high seas and is working it’s way through the American culture. Its popularity isn’t surprising – Denmark is consistently ranked as the happiest country in the world. So why wouldn’t we want to take a page from their book?
Christmas is no exception. In fact, if there was ever a time you should work on increasing the hygge in your life, it would be the holidays – and this year could definitely use a little hygge!
As luck would have it, Christmas and hygge go hand-in-hand, so adding hygge to the holiday season is easy and enjoyable.
From the second I came across the concept of hygge, I was hooked. And since it goes hand-in-hand with holidays, you better believe I’m going to have a hygge Easter this year!
Easter is hands down one of my favorite holidays and it’s perfect for adding hygge. So many critical hygge concepts (family, outdoors, food) are already present in Easter, so hygge-fying it is not only easy, it’s also fun.
Hygge – the Danish not-so-easy-to-define word for happiness, coziness, nostalgia, and contentment – is a big part of why Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the happiest places in the world. We, as Americans, on the other hand, seem to be on a constant pursuit of happiness, yet don’t rank anywhere close to the Danes. What gives?
Maybe – just maybe – instead of pursuing the classic American dream, minimalism, capitalism, or whatever new fad is trending, we should instead pursue the tried-and-true notion of hygge. We know it works, so why not? We’ve got nothing to lose.
Luckily, incorporating aspects of hygge into your life is easy because you get instant gratification. That’s because one of the most important principles of hygge is living in the moment. So all of these things will make you feel good right now.
Ready to embrace hygge and live like the Danish do?? Here are 10 things you can do to add hygge to your life:
I’ve been so lucky lately to come across a number of enjoyable and inspirational books that I just haven’t been able to put down (except, of course, when those books have me running to incorporate whatever special tips they’re providing). The Little Book of Hygge was no exception. I was excited the second I added it to my library list and it definitely did not disappoint!
I had been reading a lot about hygge and the more I read, the more articles and resources started to pop up (don’t you just love how social media does that for you… ;-)). So when I came across a highly-rated book dedicated to hygge at the library, I knew I had to read it.