The first feeling of crisp September air is like the long awaited return of an old friend. For any Autumn lovers, you know this feeling, and greet the season with open arms and an arsenal of all things cozy. You reach for snuggly sweaters, drinks that warm your soul, the flicker of a spice-scented candle, and prepare your hearts for the glorious months to come.
If this describes you, you have already mastered a popular Danish concept. If not, here is what you need to know about what the Danes call hygge.
Hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah”, wraps all the essence of fall into a way of living. It’s about creating contentment, a sense of well-being, and seeking enjoyment in the little things that life has to offer. This could be hunkering down with a good book, lighting candles, eating comfort food, or even wearing your favorite pair of sweats. It’s all-encompassing.
Denmark has been ranked one of the happiest countries in the world for years. The Danish people experience extreme winters that most would consider unbearable, and turn it into something positive. They embrace those conditions rather than fight them.
We could learn something from this.
This month we challenge you to embrace a little Hygge in your life. Slow down and enjoy all the best things about this season. It may be hard with a full schedule and a long list of to-dos, but it’s well worth it.
Here’s to creating your own little slice of happiness this autumn.
Need help getting into the Hygge spirit? Check out The Little Book of Hygge, Danish Secrets To Happy Living by Meik Wiking. This guide will help show you the way.