If you're searching for the secret to happiness, why not try looking to our Nordic neighbors? Norway and Denmark took the top two positions in the 2017 World Happiness Report and they both celebrate a tradition known as hygge. While that's not the only reason these two countries rank as the happiest and second-happiest places to live, the concept of hygge is certainly an integral part of their satisfaction.
This hard-to-pronounce word is actually a Danish tradition that will make you feel comfy and cozy and chase away your worries.
Watch the video below to see what all the fuss is about.
So what is hygge? According to the Oxford Dictionary, this hard-to-pronounce word is "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)." Basically, hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a feeling a cozy contentedness that's derived from the simple things in life.
Have you ever snuggled under a blanket in front of a roaring fire during the winter time? Perhaps you've enjoyed a mug of steaming hot cocoa while reading your favorite book? That's hygge — the feeling of complete satisfaction.
In her book The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection, author Louisa Thomsen Brit describes hygge as, "a practical way of creating sanctuary in the middle of very real life."
Sounds amazing, doesn't it?