Hygge: Finding Comfort and Joy in Everyday Moments

In Japan it’s called Ikigai, the reason for rising. It’s your happiness, your passion, your reason for being. Denmark, it’s called “hygge” (pronounced “hoo-ga”). I’m practicing hygge right now as I write to you about finding happiness. My happiness is writing, but you knew that already. Writing gets me thinking and give me purpose and when I tell you about wellness and how to get it in any language.

Hygge, Like Ikigai, Is A Way Of Life That Focuses on Feeling Good

So, what is hygge, exactly? It’s a Danish concept that embraces the art of finding comfort and joy in simple, everyday moments. Originating from Denmark, where the winters are long and dark, hygge encompasses the feeling of warmth, togetherness, and coziness. It’s about creating an atmosphere of comfort and enjoying life’s small pleasures. Hygge can be found in activities such as cozying up with a good book, sipping a hot cup of tea, or spending quality time with loved ones.

Hygge Can Be Anything You Love

I imagine knitting warm socks and sweaters and drinking hot chocolate. That winter, of course. Now that it’s summer, hygge can be lemonade, ice cream cones, paddling in the waves at the beach. Watch the clouds roll by. Hygge. Have a waffle. Waffles are Danish, too. So what does hygge do for you.

Incorporating hygge into your life can bring a sense of comfort, joy, and contentment to every season. Whether you practice it as hygge in Denmark or ikigai in Japan, the essence remains the same—finding happiness in the simple pleasures of everyday life. By prioritizing cozy moments, cultivating connections, and embracing mindfulness, you can create a haven of well-being and fulfillment.

So, as you go about your day, take a moment to pause and appreciate the beauty in the small things. Light a candle, curl up with a good book, or enjoy a warm beverage. Surround yourself with loved ones and engage in meaningful conversations. And remember to be present in the moment, fully embracing the experiences that bring you joy and contentment.

Ultimately, hygge is a reminder to slow down, savor life’s little pleasures, and create a sense of comfort and happiness wherever you are. Embrace the concept of hygge and let it guide you towards a more fulfilling and joyful existence.

Here Are Some Health Benefits

  1. Stress Reduction: Hygge encourages us to slow down, be present, and focus on the simple joys of life. This can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
  2. Connection and Social Bonding: Hygge emphasizes the importance of spending quality time with loved ones, fostering deeper connections and strengthening relationships.
  3. Increased Happiness: By savoring the little things and finding joy in everyday moments, hygge promotes a sense of gratitude and contentment, ultimately leading to increased happiness.

Here are some practical tips for incorporating hygge into your daily routine:

  1. Create Cozy Spaces: Make your home a sanctuary by adding soft blankets, fluffy pillows, and warm lighting. Surround yourself with items that bring you comfort and joy.
  2. Embrace Mindfulness: Practice being fully present in the moment, whether it’s enjoying a warm bath, savoring a delicious meal, or taking a leisurely walk in nature.
  3. Cultivate Connections: Spend quality time with loved ones, engaging in activities that promote togetherness and meaningful conversations. Host a game night, have a movie marathon, or simply enjoy a home-cooked meal together.
  4. Indulge in Self-Care: Prioritize self-care activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Take a relaxing bath, practice yoga or meditation, or treat yourself to a cozy night in with your favorite book or movie.
  5. Embrace Nature: Get outside and connect with the natural world. Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, having a picnic, or enjoying a cup of tea on your balcony, nature can enhance the hygge experience.

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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation. Leslie is a proud member of Rotary International.

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