lifestyle advice from one of the happiest countries in the world
The 'happiest country on earth' is Denmark according to the World Happiness Report (with Iceland #3 followed closely by Sweden and Norway).
As we enter actual winter here in Michigan, facing the first polar vortex of the season, I can't help wonder How and Why.
The answer seems to be HYGGE.
What? HYGGE. A word that is new to me, and yet Oxford Dictionaries short-listed it as a word for 2016. If you 'google it', you'll find half a dozen new articles in the news - and that IKEA has compiled a list of how to get that hygge feeling at home.
In a nutshel, hygge is cultivating an awareness and appreciation for (and indulging) in 'the little things'.
Putting the emphasis on togetherness and sanctuary, hygge also accepts the need to 'hibernate' - - but encourages us to create spaces and time for beauty. Share an experience with friends that delights the senses.
Seeking out little treats isn't meant to 'cost' (though a splurge might be nice as gift for you or a friend). Remember the music you loved to listen to? Bring out a vase that's been tucked away - or treasures that are to 'nice' to use every day.
A quick survey of Amazon shows there a many books on the subject (and naturally they are pretty to look at).
And UK's Daily Mail has 10 Reasons to HYGGE (how to be cozy and content)
...and my favorite is from Hygge.co
"Hygge happens -
It”s there in the small rituals and gestures we undertake to give everyday life value and meaning, that comfort us, make us feel at home, rooted and generous."
hygge happens at Alchemy
I think it's pretty fair to say that Alchemy embodies the concepts of hygge: sanctuary, a pleace for community, treats for the senses, ritual, self-care and ease.