It’s a dreary winter day complete with a dense fog that has set in and plans to stay awhile. So how about seizing the moment with a roaring fire and lighting some delightfully scented candles to enjoy the day.
Apparently this is a concept that the Danish have mastered. They refer to it as hygge, pronounced hue-gah, which translates to cozy, although it really means so much more.
Even though there have been several books written on the subject, I only learned about the Danish word hygge recently. Apparently, Oxford Dictionaries selected “hygge” as one of their Words of the Year for 2016. I suppose that is why “hygge” is getting so much attention lately.
You see the Danish have incredibly long, cold winters with very few hours of sunlight. However, they embrace their winters by taking pleasure in ordinary everyday things, like a crackling fire, scented candles and cozy blankets with warm socks. If I had to endure long, cold winters I’m sure I would be craving these things as well!
From what I’ve come to understand, hygge is really a state of mind; an attitude full of contentment with life. It’s about savoring the moment, relishing simple everyday life experiences, and enjoying time spent with friends and family. It’s all about embracing the moment and living in the present.
I don’t think you have to be Danish to have hygge in your life. Life can be hectic and stressful. It’s important to find ways to step away from the stress and enjoy simple pleasures in your life. Sometimes we need to slow down and enjoy the moment. This may mean a quiet evening by the fire or it could be spending time reading a good book, listening to music, or pursuing any activity that brings you joy. It might mean sharing a meal with close family, or using some alone time to soak in a hot bath, or go for a long walk.
Whatever it is that brings peace into your life, I hope you will take some time to embrace the simple pleasures of everyday moments.
Wishing you a very “hyggelig” (enjoyable) day! xxoo Gerri