The Danes credit their happiness to hygge. Surely they’re on to something for ranking in the top of the World Happiness Rankings year over year.
It’s been a couple of years that I’ve been trying to incorporate more hygge into our family. I really embrace the concept. I’ll confess, however, that slowing down and enjoying the moment is not a strength of mine.
I was already a fan of socks and candles. This year I tried especially hard to be mindful and present with my family. I definitely tried to avoid multitasking as much as possible. I didn’t think about the calories when we baked up a storm. The whole family reveled in how good the house smelled when I simmered a stew or had something in the slow cooker. I ensured every couch had a throw (or two) for cuddling up. I even set a sheepskin on the hearth to soften the brick. Warmth, comfort, textures, ambiance, everything worked together to help us enjoy our family time.
And it worked. I wasn’t any less busy this December over previous years, but I was much more calm. It’s been a Happy Hygge Christmas season.