Vikings, fairytales, Legos, bacon, beer, cheese, and a myriad other wonderful things come from Denmark, but have you heard of the newest import? It’s hygge (hoo-guh).
Hygge has no exact translation. Although experts equate it with a sense of well-being and coziness, it is so much more. Hygge is a lifestyle approach, kind of like feng shui. Unlike feng shui, however, hygge is focused on creating a warm atmosphere where you can indulge in life’s small pleasures with friends and family.
To get a better sense of what it is and to invoke hygge in your own heart and mind, try this exercise: Remember your best Thanksgiving holiday. Sense the emotional warmth and happiness of being surrounded by people you love and who love you. Feel the actual warmth of a roaring fire and a candlelit table. Smell the scents of pumpkin spice and remember the tastes of your favorite dishes, of indulgent and delicious foods. Let the gratitude of it all fill you up.
Got it? That’s hygge.
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