Learning Norwegian Hygge

Something I will need to get used to is the lack of daylight hours in Norway during winter. I think I may not mind it. I always thought snow looked better in the dark. It glows and twinkles under the moon. The quiet and the gentle hum of the winter wind is enough to lull one to sleep.

I have heard of this thing they call Hygge.  “While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, ‘contentness’, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness” says hyggehouse.com.  The creator of hyggehouse also mentions that it is about living in the present. Enjoying that cup of tea and talking with a friend about cats. It’s making homemade pizza and eating it on a cold winter night together. Enjoying the present is not something Americans really like doing. We like to do this and that and quickly be on our way. Most people hate days like today.

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One could suggest hygge is not at all a new thing but rather a rediscovered method of living life.

Enjoying the present is actually in therapy and it is called “mindfulness.” I’ve been practicing it for a long time and it is indeed hard to do. Enjoying whatever you do to the fullest you can, no matter how simple, is hard. For someone with anxiety, your mind wants to go elsewhere. Whatever worry you may have or random thought pops into your head disrupts mindfulness. You could also call mindfulness a form of meditation. Meditation has caused me to fall asleep or even have panic attacks! Yes, for people with anxiety or panic disorders that is not uncommon to happen. Though that is not a reason to give up.

Hygge is something that can be learned and even studied. I’ve gotten a book on it and plan to dive right in. Teach me your Danish and Norwegian ways to deal with the cold and wintery!

2 Comments on “Learning Norwegian Hygge

  1. I’d say one of the best ways I’ve learned to deal with the darkness is Sweden is simply by trying to see the beauty in it. There is something a little bit magical about afternoon darkness when shops are still open and there are candles in all the windows (more so around Christmas). It’s quite cozy and a good time for reflection 🙂

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    • The attitude of everyone in the US is so different towards winter that it’s irritating. No one wants to enjoy it. I look foreward to the change of attitudes. Magical is the word! Sounds like it will be more beautiful and cozy.

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