Hygge is a Danish word that has caught a lot of people’s attention in the past couple of years. Why it has spread so quickly is hard to say, but it could have to do with the headlines that Denmark is the happiest country in the world and people want to know why and what they can do to be as happy as the Danes.
With its increasing popularity comes commercial interest. Since people around the world are getting more interested in hygge, sellers have been looking for ways to make a profit on selling products that promise hygge and a happier life but don’t be fooled by the commercialism. Hygge can’t be bought or sold!
Hygge is all about feeling present, cozy, and joy at the moment. You don’t have to (and probably shouldn’t) try to recognize it, as it can be a mix of feelings. There is no specific English word for it, but feeling comfort, safe, cozy, and reassurance are often part of feeling hygge. You can feel hygge anywhere in the world, in our out of your home, alone or with your friends and family. But how do you get to feel it? Well, have you ever felt comfortable and cozy? Then you’ve felt hygge.
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Remember, hygge can’t be bought or sold. It’s a feeling you can get for free by doing something that makes you feel hygge. Have you had a nice dinner with your family on a Saturday night where everybody was happy, and you just felt so good about where you were, then you’ve felt hygge.
We need to promote hygge more in the United States but in the right way. Encouraging friends and family to take more time to sit and relax, have a fika, and talk to each other. If we all could do this at least once a week, I bet the United States would quickly climb in the World Happiness Report.
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