Check out the lifestyle section of any bookstore and you'll find an explosion of titles with the word "Hygge" on them. A new publishing craze?
What is Hygge? And how in the world do you pronounce it? (Hoo-ga)
Collins English Dictionary defines hygge as a concept "of creating cozy and convivial atmospheres that promote well being." The word originates from Denmark but has recently spread to Britain, and now North America. So popular is the term in Britain, it is listed as one of the three 'words of the year for 2016'.
Hygge reflects an entire attitude towards life; one that values life's simpler pleasures, cherishes time with family and friends (and usually involves wine and comfort food). At it's core, it's about feeling 'at home'. It is not so much about what you do, but the spirit in which it is done. It is meant to evoke a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Sounds pretty good so far.
The idea is to forget life's worries and it's all about doing things you find meaningful. It conjures up images of curling up on the couch with a good book, or dimming the lights, stoking the fire and watching the flames dance. It's a slice of warm apple pie with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream. Hygge is all about hand knit socks, flannel shirts and comfy PJ's.
Sounds a lot like a hefty helping of self care to me. And since Denmark ranks as on the the 'happiest countries' in the world, I suspect we could learn a thing or two about embracing a little hygge ourselves.
Hope this week brings a little hygge your way!