Motivation Monday: The Danish Idea of “Hygge”



I’m sure you’ve heard through the media lately that the Danes are considered to be some of the happiest people in the world. The more I hear about this gorgeous country, the more I want to know their secret for a good life. Many often relate it to the idea of “hygge.”

The Danish word "hygge" (pronounced "hoo-gah") is loosely translated as "coziness," but it means so much more than that.

Hygge (noun) can happen with one’s family or friends, but you can also hygge (verb) alone snuggling up with a good book.

For the Danish, the idea of hygge has different meanings for different seasons. At this time of year, Danes experience hygge just by simply grabbing a hot beverage and talking with a friend or experiencing a hyggeligt (adjective) nature walk.




However, don’t forget that we, too, can take part in hygge. For many Americans, hygge is often achieved at this time of year by sitting around the firepit at night roasting marshmallows in the chilly fall air. Drinking a warm pumpkin latte while binging Netflix under a warm blanket is also a favorite for many. Hygge can also be experienced while knitting or creating crafts in anticipation of the holidays.

All of these things can bring hygge to our lives. What will you do today to bring hygge to yours?


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Sources:


https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/91378/10-ways-master-danish-art-hygge-your-home

https://www.visitdenmark.com/denmark/highlights/hygge/what-hygge

https://denmark.dk/people-and-culture/happiness

https://www.heywandererblog.com/2018/01/5-tips-on-creating-cozy-hygge.html

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