In one of our all-time favorite parenting books, The Danish Way of Parenting: A Guide to Raising the Happiest Kids in the World, there’s a curious word that holds huge meaning when it comes to happy families: Hygge. Pronounced “hooga,” it loosely translates as a feeling of cozy connectedness when surrounded by family and friends.
Maybe it comes in the form of a casual get-together, a group camping trip, or simply Sunday supper gathered around the dining table. So what exactly constitutes hygge? Here are some simple guidelines:
- Come as you are. Be yourself. Your real self. Let your guard down.
- Forget the controversy. If your topic is too personal and serious, divisive or controversial it probably isn’t hyggeligt.
- Think of yourself as a team member. Everyone sees what they can do to contribute without being asked. This makes the whole team flow better and no one gets stuck doing all the work.
- See hygge as a shelter from the outside. Hygge time is about providing a temporary shelter from social climbing, networking, competition and materialism.
- Remember it is time limited. Making hygge can be challenging for a non -Dane. No one taking center stage, no one bragging or complaining, no one being too negative and everyone trying to be present without arguing? This is hard to do for a lot of families! But the payoff is enormous.
Read more about it here from one of our favorite parenting blogs.