In a previous post we discussed ways to incorporate Scandinavian style into your home. One thing we didn’t touch upon was the concept of ‘hygge”.
The term hygge comes from a Norwegian word meaning “well-being”. It first appeared in Danish writing in the 19th century and has since been embraced in Denmark today. Despite the long winter months, Denmark has consistently been ranked the happiest country in the world. Their practice of Hygge may have something to do with it!
Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the finer things in life. The Danish believe in maintaining a proper balance in life. This involves taking care of their mind and body and treating themselves often. Practicing hygge may include drawing a long relaxing bubble bath to be enjoyed with a glass of wine, watching a movie curled up by the fireplace, or reading a good book cozied up on a winter day. My version of hygge has become a Saturday morning ritual. I immediately head to the bakery down the street with my husband and dog (Eli) in tow. Ordering my favourite drink - a hazelnut latte with almond milk - and enjoy a leisurely walk in the park or along the beach.
Whatever your version of hygge may be - I think the Danish have it right. Taking the initiative to take care of yourself is the key to maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle!
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