Live in Hygge. What did you say?

What a simple concept! Why is it difficult for so many Americans to enjoy being in the moment?

I feel a shift is coming.

For all the complaining us Gen x’ers do about Millennials they are bringing about balance, some much needed balance. For too long now people have been focusing on the wrong “more”. More money, more stuff, more time at work, more house, more car, more burnout!

More, More, More

The American millennials are going old school, hippie style, and there is something to this.

They are focusing on a different “more” which is less! More down time, more nature, more travel, more music, more candles, more peace.

Less stress!

This Danish Hygge aligns with the old school hippies in a new way.

WHAT IS HYGGE?

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.

Hygge (or to be “hyggeligt”) doesn’t require learning “how to”, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything. It’s not a thing and anyone telling you different either doesn’t understand it or is literally trying to sell you something that has nothing to do with the concept. You can’t buy a ‘hygge living room’ and there’s no ‘hygge foods’ to eat.

Hygge literally only requires a conscious appreciation, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present. That’s why so many people distill ‘hygge’ down to being a ‘feeling’ – because if you don’t feel hygge, you probably aren’t using the word right.Some also refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends and your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, ‘contentness’, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.

By creating simple rituals without effort {such as brewing real tea with a little china cup every evening to stopping at the flower shop every week} the Danes see both the domestic and personal life as an art form and not every drudgery to get away from. They incorporate hygge into their daily life so it becomes a natural extension rather than a forced and stressful event.

So whether it’s making coffee a verb by creating a ritual of making it every morning to a cosy evening in with friends where you’re just enjoying each others company to the simple act of lighting a candle with every meal, hygge is just about being aware of a good moment.

Excerpts taken from here

I was raised by old school hippies! This has always been where my soul feels comfortable but I bought into the “more” culture.

I am done!

I am buying into the new hippie way!!

Which, not by coincidence, is the designed way!

Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.

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