If you haven't heard of the Danish phrase "hygge" by now, I'm about to drop some serious knowledge on you. The Danish term has recently exploded with popularity in other parts of the world, probably because it represents the secret behind how the happiest country on Earth is using hygge for anxietyand stress relief. Clearly, the people in Denmark know what they're doing, and it's time we all take notes.
Pronounced "hoo-gah," the most direct translation of hygge is "cozy." But make no mistake about its importance: Hygge is considered to be central to Danish national character, as well as a direct contributing factor to the country's longstanding position as the happiest country on Earth.
So, what exactly is a "hyggelig" moment? Essentially, it's one filled with comfort and intimacy, with the intent of reminding you that life is good. The range of hygge activities span the gamut: You can curl up with a book, or have a cup of tea with a friend, or even just put on a pair of slippers. It's not so much the specific activity that matters, but rather the feeling that the activity in question creates.
This winter, adding a little hygge to your life might just be the difference between feeling fulfilled or just feeling frustrated. Here are 10 easy ideas on how you can put a little more hygge in your life, like the Danish do.