As we begin the holiday season, let’s take a moment to see how we can slow down and really enjoy the good things about this time of year. There has been a lot of news about the idea of “Hygge” that is practiced in Denmark and has made that country ranked as one of the happiest places to live. So when I found a book at our library about this subject, I had to read it. The book is written by Pia Edberg and is called “The Cozy Life”. If you’d like to read the book yourself, here is a link for more information: https://www.amazon.com/Cozy-Life-Rediscover-Through-Concept-ebook/dp/B01DV619C2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511367079&sr=8-1&keywords=the+cozy+life
In the very start of the book, I knew that I was getting this book at the exact moment that I was looking for something to bring the special back into this time of year. Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) was defined as ” The Danish concept of coziness…the art of creating warmth, comfort and wellbeing through connection, treasuring the moment, and surrounding yourself with things you love”.
As I continued to read the book I found example after example of very simple things that you could do to really bring about a mental state of well being. The Hygge mindset is looking on the bright side of things even when we encounter a rough day or a hard stretch. This is a concept that is meant to be carried on though-out the year, but in this season of hope, isn’t this a great time to give it a try.
Everyday activities can fit into this practice:
- Baking a homemade loaf of bread and taking the time to really smell those heavenly scents
- Taking a bath with a few candles burning and some special bath products to make all 5 senses come alive
- Relaxing by a fire
- Write handwritten letters and mail them to friends that don’t live close by
- Stop and enjoy a cup of coffee in a cozy cafe
- Bring the outdoors in by adding plants to your home
Can you think of some activities that you’d like to add to your week to get yourself to stop, slow down and really enjoy the moment? Please feel free to share those ideas in the comments below.
And a happy holiday season to you all!