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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING COSY. HARNESS THE POWER OF ‘HYGGE’ AND BOOST YOUR FAMILY’S HAPPINESS.
Cosy. What a lovely little word. It conjures up images of fluffy socks, blankets, cups of hot chocolate. It makes us think of others and gathering cosily together, particularly when it is cold and dark outside. Being cosy sounds incredibly inviting.
But what if being ‘cosy together’ had the potential to make some pretty powerful and positive changes to family life? In Denmark ‘being cosy together’ is central to family life and they are reaping the benefits. Denmark has been voted as having the happiest people in the world by the OECD
So what is this ‘hygge’ and why is it so powerful? Hygge (pronounced ‘hooga’) literally means to get cosy together. And Danes often do this for whole days, uninterrupted. It can involve lighting candles, sharing food, playing games ….. Hygge is a way of life in Denmark. In her book ‘The Danish Way of Parenting’, Jessica Joelle Alexander describes Hygge in the following
Being together is key to hygge and ‘being cosy’ and leading directly from this is the important of teamwork within a family. Upon doing the research for this blog, I had ‘lightbulb’ moment after ‘lightbulb’ moment. Without me even realising the whole of the PFA seems to have been based on the principle of hygge. Who knew?! ‘Together is better’ has been a PFA principle from the very start and teamwork and co-operation feature hugely in Danish life and lead to connected and happy families.
So how can we get more ‘hygge’ within our family life?! How can we grab some of the Danish happiness for our own families? Our latest bundle ’COSY’ is jam-packed with some pretty wonderful ideas and I’ll give you a quick ‘heads up’ here. Activities the Danes would see as ‘hygge’ … wearing cosy comfy clothes, lighting candles, gathering by a fire, snuggling under blankets, hot comfort food, hot drinks, family walks, movie nights. It is all about keeping things simple and being mindful. But the emphasis is on doing these
But it is MORE than activities … it is also a state of mind. It is about enjoying simple pleasures and taking the time to notice them. It is about looking for the positives and using the ‘re-frame’ when negatives creep in (see the positive place in COSY for more on this). It is about putting time aside to spend as a family without allowing outside