Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down.
Recently read this amazing little book about why Danes are considered the most happiest, I was deeply fascinated by how hygge-fundamentalists the whole society is it is seen as part of the national identity and culture and I couldn’t stop wondering why we don’t talk about it so much, give it preference in our everyday lives. May be because we are still very far from the basic amenities for a huge part of our population.
The four editions of the World Happiness Report which have been published so far are packed with evidence of the link between relationships and happiness. Family and friends and close personal relationships with loved adults explain the greatest variation in happiness. Except in the very poorest countries, happiness varies more with the quality of our relationships than with wealth.
The welfare state/govt there is really good (not perfect, but good) at reducing extreme unhappiness. I mean they have Universal and free health care, free university education and relatively generous unemployment benefits go a long way towards reducing unhappiness. Of course, if you can’t afford to eat or struggling to make ends meet money is of the utmost importance but once the basic needs are done some we tend to invest towards happiness.
The Danes look for happiness in different ways though in food, good lighting, good company. According to the book the people would rather ride a bike than get an expensive car. Hygge is appreciating the simple pleasures in life and can be achieved with less money, the author has given the example of board games and cooking with friends which I quite like.
As an Indian reader somethings were defined very far from what I can do but we can always find something apt for own environment but I would definitely suggest reading this book to everyone especially people like me who are always overwhelmed by the amount of things they take on, but a must read 4💛/5