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'.
Like wabi sabi, hygge is about
being - not having
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.