Hygge. Since the term started making the rounds in American pop culture a few months ago I've been pronouncing it like the sound I'd make if someone sucker punched me in the gut. But thanks to The Little Book of Hygge's cover I now know this Danish word for one's sense of comfort, togetherness, and a life of contentment is pronounced Hoo-ga. Like, Pass the Hoo-ga, or, Here comes the ice cream man! Hoo-ga a few bucks I can borrow for a Choco Taco?
Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. (Yep, Denmark has a Happiness Research Institute.) He wrote The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living to help us non-Danes learn how to incorporate the concept, and the sense of fulfillment and well-being it brings, into our own lives. And also probably to make some money, because I'm pretty sure financial freedom doesn't hurt Hygge either.
Some practices The Little Book of Hygge encourages and teaches include:
- Get comfy. Take a break.
- Be here now. Turn off the phones.
- Turn down the lights. Bring out the candles.
- Build relationships. Spend time with your tribe.
- Give yourself a break from the demands of healthy living. Cake is most definitely Hygge. [But how about Choco Tacos?]
- Live life today, like there is no coffee tomorrow.