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[hygge] the art of living that comes to us from Denmark

[hygge] the art of living that comes to us from Denmark [hygge] the art of living that comes to us from Denmark
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Hygge is a feeling that most of us know but can't quite define. To give a name to an experience is to pay attention to it. Hygge can describe feelings that are already familiar to you. It is there in the rhythm of your daily life, in your habits, routines, and rituals.

You don't need Danish recipes or the secrets of a Scandinavian lifestyle to learn how to hygge. It can be found in asking yourself where you feel most at home, what are the activities and customs that anchor you, who makes you feel at ease, what is it that contributes most to your sense of well-being, what do you do to unwind, what do you reach for to create comfort?

For me, hygge exists in moments of contentment, particularly at the beginning and end of the day. We hygger first thing in the morning when we light a candle at our breakfast table, make coffee, pancakes, and packed lunches, and when we return home to each other to share a cup of tea or a glass of wine, to sit around the kitchen table together and enjoy our evening meal.

I invite hygge by lighting fires almost every day, inside or out, by spending time with the people I love and enjoying time alone. Hygge is held in the ritual of the bedtime stories that I have read for the past twenty-three years, in birthday celebrations and the enchantment of Christmas Eve. I hygger when I make risotto, make love, make tea, or read in bed. I find it at the heart of the dance floor, when I walk through our local town, camp at small festivals, or meet a friend for coffee. It lives in my father's study, in my mother's garden, around the table in my aunts' quiet apartments in Arhus, on the veranda under a wide African sky with my husband's family. Hygge arrives when all four children come home and we sit by a fire under the oak trees in the garden, play cards, beachcomb, dance in the kitchen, or curl up under blankets to watch a film together.

I hope that I can translate hygge from a very Danish word to the universal language that it is and that, in reading this book, you will discover the hygge that already exists in your life and become attuned to its presence.

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