Recently finding out about this wonderful little word Hygge, that describes a way of being, I think it closely resembles Eudemonia, which is all about happiness.
Hyyge has it’s origins in Norway and Denmark who say the meaning can’t be described by just one word, and so I’ve been exploring a number definitions. I posted on another one of my blogs about Hygge and one of my blogging friends who lives in the Netherlands said that the Dutch word for Hygge is Gezelligheid, which is snugness, cosy, a bunch of words summed up into this one word.
One of the most extensive interpretations of Hygge I found today on a wonderful word press blog http://hygge.co by Louisa Thomsen Brits . She is Danish and English, living in England. Here is her beautiful definition.
” Hygge (“heu-gah”). The art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open hearted and alive. To create well-being, connection and warmth. A feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other. Celebrating the everyday.
Hygge happens when we commit to the pleasure of the present moment in its simplicity. It’s there in the small rituals and gestures we undertake to give everyday life value and meaning,
that comfort us, make us feel at home, rooted and generous.
We all hygge – around a table for a shared meal, beside a fire on a wet night, making coffee together at work, in the bath with a single candle, wrapped in blankets at the end of a day on the beach, sheltering from the rain at a bus stop, lying spoons, baking in a warm kitchen, alone in bed with a hot water bottle and a good book.
In our overstretched, complex, modern lives, hygge is a resourceful, tangible way to find deeper connection to our families, our communities, our children, our homes and our earth. It’s an uncomplicated, practical method of weaving the stuff of spirit and heart into daily life without sentimentality then taking time to celebrate it on a human scale.
Hygge is a kind of enchantment – a way of stirring the senses, the heart and the imagination, of acknowledging the sacred in the secular – a way of giving something ordinary a special context, spirit and warmth, taking time to make it extraordinary.
Hygge is about appreciation. It’s about how we give and receive. Hygge is about being not having. ”
I’m so happy I found out about Hygge and so I’m making it my 2017 goal to find all the nuances of being more Hygge than I’ve already been but didn’t really know it.
Here’s to having a Hygge life and may all of your moments be Hygge in the New Year and always.