For the Love of Winter

Winter has always been the time for me to slow down, to cuddle up, to pause and recharge, especially after the holidays. But that slowing down doesn’t stop me from enjoying the season.

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Winterlust: Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season by Bernd Brunner. In winter I’m not hiding out until the sun comes back–if anything I’m more present and taking full advantage of the season. This book offers essays on the meditative quality of winter and all that it has to offer us, such as the magic of snow and the activities it provides, as well as it’s ability to turn us back into children again. Winter is also the season of comfort, along the lines of the popular hygge movement of warmth and contentment. As you embrace the season, that in turn slows you down to be here and now–instead of the go, go, go. Continue reading “For the Love of Winter”

Dark Days? Get Happy with Hygge!

When we think of untranslatable words – words from another language that do not have an exact match in English – the first one we’re likely to think of is schadenfreude, which is German for taking pleasure in another’s misfortune. With the holidays upon us, along with short days and long cold nights, let’s learn about another untranslatable word – hygge. 

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah; sounds like “hooga”) is Danish, and generally means cosiness, but that’s an oversimplification. It’s the feeling of closeness and warmth, and taking pleasure in the simple things in life that Danes enjoy during the long winter months. While this might not sound terribly unique, its the intention to slow down and appreciate small moments in life that Danes are mindful of – something Americans often take for granted. Danes, after all, are considered the happiest people in the world. Continue reading “Dark Days? Get Happy with Hygge!”