This winter on the Kids and Service site, we will be exploring the concept of hygge. What is hygge you ask and how do you pronounce this funny word? Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) is a Danish word and concept. It is hard to explain but it may be the reason that the people of Denmark are among the happiest in the world. To my family, hygge is a feeling of coziness which invites you to be mindful and use your five senses. It is about gathering, slowing down and spending quality time together.
Why am I bringing the concept of hygge to Kids in Service? Well you can thank my friend Claire for that. She knows how passionate I am about this topic and suggested I share it with all of you. One of the most important lessons I have learned from Claire and her teachings, is the concept of putting on your own oxygen mask first. The truth is that you can not serve others in your life if you are feeling run down or depleted. I am hoping that hygge will be a way for you and your family to give yourselves a little self-care so that you will be ready to go out into the world and help others.
There will be a many posts over the next few weeks exploring the concept of hygge. We will explore how you can create a hygge feeling in your home through the five senses, share some great books to read together as a family, talk about dedicating time to hygge as a family each week, share some cozy service projects that you can do together at home and share ways that you can incorporate hygge into your lives all year long.
It will cost you NO money to put the concept of hygge into action in your home. Hygge is all about togetherness, being mindful, creating a cozy environment, having a positive perspective and being grateful for what you already have. Denmark has some of the longest, coldest and darkest winters, yet its people are so happy. I believe this is because of hygge. Hygge is a powerful concept and I invite you to explore it more with your family this winter.