*HOLIDAY* WELLNESS: The Secret to Joyful Living (Hygge)
Do you Hygge? If not, the #holidayseason is a perfect time to incorporate this Danish secret to joyful living! Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adjective, and has been called everything from “coziness of the soul” to “a hug even without physical touch” to “the art of creating intimacy.” The CEO of the #Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen explains that you know Hygge when you experience it, but the key ingredients are relaxation, comfort, being present, indulgence, and togetherness. Denmark is rated as one of the world’s happiest countries (reference: Word Happiness Report). Perhaps Hygge is partially responsible! Here are some tips to try it for yourself.
Tip 1: Get a comfy blanket. This is essential! Get something you can really cozy up to (loving my flannel blankie here).
Tip 2: Light a candle or create warm-colored lighting. Most Danes associate Hygge with some type of glowing flame or orange/red hued light source.
Tip 3: Put on lounge clothing. Invest in an adult onesie, or put on pajamas, a robe, comfy clothes (nothing cinching!), warm socks, or slippers!
Tip 4: Indulge in a favorite food - but mindfully. Yes, for Hygge, you can take a small break from ultra-healthy eating and allow yourself to savor a treat, like hot chocolate, a piece of cake, coffee with cream. But moderate the amount you eat, and take your time, enjoying just the food with the company of loved ones without other distractions.
Tip 5: Take part in a relaxing activity. Try knitting, working on a puzzle, enjoying a holiday movie with your loved ones, playing a board game, take turns giving each other shoulder massages!