How To Create Hygge Moments
In my last blog I introduced you the world of hygge, Danish art of better living and how you can use hygge to fight Seasonal affective disorder. Let me now show you some simple hygge habits to incorporate into your daily routine.
In average, every Danish burns 6 kg of candle wax per year (in comparison, it is 3,16 kg in Austria). And we are not talking about scented candles, which are hazardous for health. No, the oldest manufacturer of Danish candles, Asp-Holmblad, doesn't even have scented candles in his catalogue. This is what I like the most about hygge - people in Denmark like natural and organic products. Just for the record, Danish are one of the biggest consumers of organic products in Europe. Anyway, if you want to create cosy atmosphere in your home, light some beeswax candles. After reading Meik Wiking's book, I light candles every evening and my kids are fascinated by the warm light.
Being with Friends and Family
In our modern era of smartphones and tablets, it is less and less common to spend face to face contact with your friends and family. In fact, after reading this article, I was horrified. Teenagers nowadays spent more time looking at the screen of their smartphones, snap chatting with each other instead of face to face conversation. With more and more screen time, the depression in teens skyrocketed. If we want to stop this trend, we as parents should care more about what how our kids spend their free time, encourage them to spend more time outdoors with their friends and organize those old fashioned family meetings. Remember the movie Christmas Vacation?
My health and the health of my family is my priority and as the health starts in the kitchen, I cook all meals, bake all cakes and so on myself. Yes, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen but homemade healthy meal is more important to me than wasting time checking tweets and likes under my posts. Homemade meals are the essence of hygge and in the last years, many Danish people bake their own bread using sourdough. The long process of preparing the bread the ancient was is very hyggelig.
86 percent of Danish associate hot drinks with the term hygge. The dearest to them is the coffee. I wrote about the benefits of coffee in this article.
Wood brings us closer to the nature and with so many people living in the cities, we crave nature even more. In fact, when I think about a kid going to a school with no trees to climb and no mud to make itself dirty and living in an apartment in a city, there is no way we can grow a new generation that will save the planet. Encourage your kids to be outside, play in mud and climb trees, they need outdoor microbes to boost their immunity.
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