The clocks go back, the nights draw in, the thermometer falls - what can we do to feel warmth this winter?
Apparently, a college in London is going to teach to Danish concept of 'hygge' (pronounced hoo-gah) an untranslatable term meaning something like ‘wellbeing’ or ‘cosiness’ and may be the origin of our word ‘hug’.
According to the BBC article I found it all seems to be about
'Sitting by the fire on a cold night, wearing a woolly jumper, while drinking mulled wine and stroking a dog - probably surrounded by candles. That's definitely "hygge".'
And it makes the Danes one of the happiest nations on earth.
I’m all for mulled wine and candles – and especially those Nordic sweaters – but to me this concept needs one more ingredient: mindfulness, or the ability to cultivate an awareness and appreciation of the moment. The important thing is being actually present for the experience rather than always comparing it to the past or anticipating something better in the future.
We can all find these ‘hygge’ moments when we stop stressing and enjoy the moment as it is.
You can read more about 'hygge' here.