It’s no coincidence that the Danish people are ranked the happiest people in the world year after year. Apart from (or perhaps thanks to) Denmark’s lovely historical cities, its beautiful countryside and the Danish people’s generous hospitality, this Scandinavian nation also invented the phenomenon of Hygge, a concept and idea that is being spread worldwide, as the British newspaper the Telegraph observes in this article.
According to Wikipedia Hygge is a Norwegian word meaning “wellbeing” and can be described as a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment. Hygge refers to “a form of everyday togetherness” and “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow.”
Seize the day
More specifically, Hygge is about embracing the simple and ordinary things in your everyday life. Such as enjoying a piece of cake, or not being indoors checking work emails all weekend but instead spending outdoor quality time with friends and family. It’s about the little pleasures that make life great, life’s little highlights that perhaps sometimes pass us by. A cup of coffee in front of a fire, cashmere bed socks, dinner with friends, eating ice cream on a Wednesday, building sandcastles with your children, relaxing with the Sunday paper or savoring a glass of red wine on a Monday evening. Small pleasures equal big rewards for our mental and emotional wellbeing.
If you want to read more about Hygge, the American weekly magazine The New Yorker offers a detailed review of the concept. Enjoy!