How You Can Boost Your Happiness with the Danish Concept of Hygge

hot-chocolate-1224044Denmark is consistently at the top of the United Nations World Happiness report.  In a country with often dreary weather and long, dark winter days, what’s their secret?

In a word:  hygge.  Pronounced “hoo-ga”, hygge doesn’t have an official translation, but refers generally to a feeling of coziness and contentment.  It’s about having a sense of well being and enjoying life’s simple pleasures, both by yourself and with the people that you care about, and it’s an integral part of Danish culture.

So how can you bring hygge into your life?  Thankfully, it’s something anyone can do with very little effort.  Here are a few simple ideas for creating warm, cozy, and satisfying moments in your life:

  • Find a comfortable spot in your home and snuggle up with a favorite blanket and a book.
  • Have a quiet dinner with family or a small group of close friends and enjoy relaxed, easy conversation with people you love.
  • Indulge in a small but decadent dessert, savoring every bite.
  • Light candles in your home and take comfort in the warm and relaxing glow.

Embracing the concept of hygge may be the key to achieving greater happiness, so strive to notice and appreciate the little things in your life that you might otherwise overlook, and regularly do more of the things that bring you pleasure.

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