With a strong link between gratitude and wellbeing, we could all do with learning a little hygge.
Hygge: a phenomenon first documented in the 18th century, Denmark. Pronounced " heurgha"
( it makes a sound like you're clearing your throat) In English it means a "hug"
The meaning of "hygge" is the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming: taking pleasure from the presence of gentle soothing things. Candlelight is "hygge" ( Danes burn more candles per head than any where else in the Europe, according to the European Candle Association)
Bakeries are "hygge" and dinner with friends is "hygge". Hygge is about appreciating the little things in life, hygge is a big deal in Denmark. They are hygge fundamentalist's.
Denmark is regularly voted one of the happiest countries in the world, so could this recognition of hygge moments and gratitude for times past contribute to the high levels of contentment?
Studies show that there's a clear link between gratitude and wellbeing.
Danes have been proven to less materialistic than other cultures, and they appreciate low cost activities and the simple things in life, like having a coffee and lighting some candles to create a cosy atmosphere.
The Danes do "cosy" like no other nation. A typical home in Denmark will look like something out of an Ideal home magazine. They use a lot of natural material including wood and leather. Lamps are artfully positioned to create pools of light. Lights are used to make spaces feel relaxed and warm.
I think we could all do with a little more hygge, don't you?
Exerts taken from westweekend 21.11.15 The telegraph Media Group Ltd