Hygge - The art of Cozy
Lately, I have been obsessed with Scandinavian and Nordic design for home and living. The simple lines and neutral colors are so refined and clean. It's no surprise I started to read these design books and learn more about the Nordic way of life. Earlier this year, Denmark was named the Happiest Country in the World. Closely behind were Iceland, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands.
It seemed kind of ironic to me that Denmark was the happiest country in the world when they face the harshest and most dreary of winters. We New Jerseyans and Oregonians have nothing to complain about compared to a record in January 2013 when Denmark saw the sun for less than 17 hours the entire month!
With my recent interest in all things Nordic, I was flipping through my Sunday New York Times and I come across none other than an article exclusively dedicated to Hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”). There is no exact translation, but one can liken it to "Cozy" . As the Times explained, think "the constant pursuit of homespun pleasures involving candlelight, fires, fuzzy knitted socks, porridge, coffee, cake and other people."
As we buckle down for the duration of winter, instead of focusing on the dread of the cold and freezing weather, the barren trees, the short days of sunlight, think about being kind to yourself- wrapping up in a fuzzy blanket and staying in, drinking warm soups and teas. Fancy making a fire and curling up with a good book or binge watching a tv show. Try forgoing your normal workout of a "No excuses" or "Do or die" mentality. Instead, consider Hygge and taking care of yourself and living healthfully, mindfully. Not every mountain must be moved every single day.
Here are snippets of my Hygge
Additional resources :
How to Hygge by by Signe Johansen
The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits