Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word that is difficult to translate to a single word because it’s more about a way of life. Hygge has been part of the Danish culture for many years. I know, I was raised in a Danish home.
In essence, hygge means creating a warm and cozy atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. It is living in a way that generates a feeling of well-being and contentment. From letting a good stew simmer while you read a novel snuggled under a warm blanket to enjoying a cup of tea with friends by candlelight, hygge is good for the soul.
Hygge is also giving yourself a break from the demands of healthy living, to bake, savor, and enjoy a treat. Carrots are not hyggeligt!
Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world. Danish winters are known to be long and dark, and so the Danes fight the darkness with their best weapon: hygge!
This year, while the health crisis continues, maybe we need to embrace the spiritual practice of hygge. Lets cozy up, snuggle under blankets and enjoy the simpler things of life. Break out the comfy clothes, cozy socks, warm cocoa, board games and lots of candles. Stop and appreciate the people around us and savor the moments of solitude. Enjoy the hearty stews and indulge our sweet tooths until we are through this challenging time.
Together we can and will get through this time.