Hygge [hoo ga] is a term used by the Danish, who have been hailed as one of the happiest people on earth. The essence of hygge is creating a warm, simple space both physically and mentally especially in the cold, blue days of winter. Here’s a good definition of hygge:
1. the art of building sanctuary and community of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive. 2. to create well-being, connection and warmth. 3. a feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other. 4. celebrating the everyday.
All of the lessons I am learning from 2017 is pushing me towards finding equilibrium in all things. From stepping back from everything that causes busyness and dampens my senses and connection to what really matters. My sense is that I will spending the next season of my life settling into a hygge-like lifestyle.
Here are a few ways I will be finding hygge this holiday/season:
- Slowing down at work, closing out major projects, delegating more and leaving the office exactly at 5 pm.
- Getting together with friends and family for candlelight dinners and game nights.
- Making simple weeknights dinner recipes with just a few grounding ingredients.
- Getting the kids involved in making a list of activities/adventures we want to pursue this winter including just board games and hot chocolate nights.
- Christmas shopping at only small businesses and online.
- Hiking and brisk daily walks in my neighborhood.
- Evenings with no television/phones/screens.
- Daily rituals of candlelights/incense with dinner or reading.
- Daily meditation and yoga.
- Winter reading list for the kids and me.
- No purchases unless they are absolutely necessary.
- Making tea concoctions and tinctures.
- Saying no to any and all activities that goes against intentional living.
I am sure I will add to this list as winter progresses. I will share as I go as I feel compelled to but with the end goal to enjoy the moment.
Find hygge with me this season.