Inland 360’s motto is “where you go for what you do,” but this time of year many in the Northwest are inclined to stay indoors.
When days are shrouded by rain, snow and darkness, life in the Northern Hemisphere can feel like a struggle. However, in Denmark it’s seen as an opportunity, a time for hygge.
The concept of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga, sounds like cougar) has entered American conversation with the publication of multiple books about it. Hygge can’t be translated with a single word but could be described as an atmosphere of happiness, warmth and soul-soothing emotional coziness. The physical and emotional darkness of the outside world is shut out and simple pleasures are enjoyed.
Hyyge first appeared in written Danish in the 1800s and has become a defining part of Danish identity, according to Meik Wiking, author of “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living.”
Fast-changing technology and volatile political debates have made hygge an appealing lifestyle trend. Here’s a look at what hygge is, isn’t and how to get more of it. Likely you already have hygge in your life, but a little more couldn’t hurt.
Candles and luminaries
Homemade items and food
Soft blankets, pillows, quilts and rugs
Popcorn, cake, cookies, bacon
Freshly brewed tea and coffee
Fresh baked bread
Sundays, birthdays and holidays
Rushing and busyness
Mobile phones, computers, electronic devices
Focusing on wealth over well-being
Debates about politics, religion, money or child rearing
Some hygge things to do
A leisurely walk outdoors
Spending time with people you feel at ease with
Cooking from scratch