On and off the human mind wanders off in the quest to find happiness. At the end of the day, I guess we realize all that matters is how much of our time can be allotted to the happy slot. Often in this quest, if we feel stuck, we look up to others who may have already found the answer or maybe nearer to it for guidance. That's how we were reintroduced to the Danish concept of Hygge!
What is it? Well if I ask you to conjure a cozy merry scene, what's it going to be like? A fireplace, nice cushiony armchairs, trays of delicious food and drinks making rounds, with general conversation and somewhat like a holiday cheer spread around, or something like that. Similarly, if someone asks me my idea of me relaxing time, I will probably dream of being in my comfy clothes holed up in my warm bed, with a hot cup of tea steam rising, a book or nice music or just daydreaming like now. Hmmm, coming back in both these scenarios we have imagined or described Hygge!
It is loosely translated as a cozy feeling, enjoying the simple pleasures and company of loved ones in a warm atmosphere. It almost made it as the word of the year 2016 but none the less made a nice runner up. More amusing is the fact that the pronunciation defeats the definition. There is no simpler way of pronouncing it, so I go with hooga and you can try your own. It's the feeling that matters, not the pronunciation.
The reason why it's rocking off the charts can be beholden to a few reasons. Starting off, the fact that Denmark and Scandinavian countries have been rated top in the happiest countries list definitely doesn't harm its reputation. With this credibility comes, the realization that they must be doing something right which is a miss in our lifestyles and hence adapting their techniques becomes lucrative. Also the concept of new and possibly better is always alluring, especially something foreign has its magnetic pull.
Honestly, there is nothing wrong in being inspired, but the sad part is instead of understanding the ideology and applying that, we just headlong into things. Hygge is not just about candles it's about warmth, it isn't about woollen socks, that's probably owed to the country's climate. It's about not fancy get together it's about appreciating the best part of life – Friends and Family. It's about creating a warm atmosphere where hearts are open and not necessarily the room temperature.
There is something very soothing about sharing the space with people who understand us, love us. Just remember when you practice Hygge it's just done to unwind, sharing a simple day with no specific agenda. It's just about being in the moment enjoying yourself or with people in an amicable atmosphere which makes you feel relaxed.
When you start practicing it on a regular basis, it will eventually have a positive and greater impact on our emotional well-being and it will reap us the benefit of staying connected and content. After all, happiness is in the little things so go Hoooogaaaa!