If you have 5 minutes check out this extraordinary video of the Northern Lights:
Now let’s hop on over to another Scandinavian country and explore
the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced hue-guh). Hygge is defined as
the art of building community and sanctuary, inviting closeness and paying
attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive. A feeling of belonging
to the moment and to each other. Some people call it the art of “coziness”.
This nationwide custom in Denmark starts at home but extends to every
part of social life and community. It’s a positive, enduring spirit
that literally and figuratively warms your spirit, be it enjoying a morning
in a café with some friends, curling up at home with a book, or going
out to dinner with family. It’s about pleasantries and warmth, pushing
away that which is annoying, aggravating, and emotionally and mentally
draining. The word dates back to the 18th century and is a derivation
of a Norwegian word meaning ‘well-being’. Here are a few suggestions
on how to create a little more Hygge in your life:
a. Relax. Find a sauna, use it with some frequency For the Nordic a sauna is part of daily life. You may not use it daily,
but use it more often and perhaps treat yourself to a massage while you’re at it.
b. Change Your Home Space. Swap out those fluorescent lights for some softer
lighting, perhaps candles. Pull out the blankets and pillows. Keep things
soft and cozy.
c. Be Energy Efficient. With your own energy. Be selective in who you spend
your time and energy with, and make sure to set aside time to spend with yourself.
d. Embrace Nature. Get outside. Enjoy the sights and smells; don’t
let the seasons trap you indoors. Hygge can be found outside as well-
figure out where you’ll find yours.
e. Read, Draw, Paint, Craft. Get away from those electronics. Set aside
some time to disconnect and nourish your creativity.