Monday, January 21, 2019

How to Find Hygge

The concept of hygge has completely transformed my attitude towards winter. I used to dread winter, and I would do anything in my power to get out of Toronto to get a break from the cold weather. However, since learning about hygge, I've been intrigued by coziness, particularly winter coziness. So much so that I made it a goal to spend this entire winter in my hometown. I recently watched a film on Finding Hygge. During the post-screening Q&A, there still seemed to be some confusion on how as to find hygge, which provided me with the impetus for the title and theme of this video.

Hygge is a Danish word that roughly translates to coziness, contentment, and wellbeing. Hygge can include candles, wool socks, a hot mug of tea, and a good book; however, simply having these objects in your life does not guarantee hygge. The key to understanding the concept of hygge is the realization that it can mean different things to different people. Each individual can find hygge in different environments and with different people--and I fully believe hygge can be practiced alone, but is often enhanced in an intimate group setting, where you can be completely yourself and immersed in the present moment. To find hygge, you must first know yourself and be aware of your body's sensations. What brings you feelings of coziness, contentment, and wellbeing? What sends happy shivers up your spine? Be open, be yourself, and be present. Once you become in tune with how hygge feels, you can start incorporating more hyggelig things in your life and spending more time with hyggelig people. Before you know it, you'll have found hygge.

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