by | Aug 20, 2018 | Emotions, Love | 0 comments

I recently read an article in Uplift, a spiritual online newsletter, about a concept from Denmark called hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). What an interesting word I thought to myself and I clicked on the link to read the entire article.

Here is a paragraph from the article describing it:

Alex Beauchamp, the Danish creator of Hygge House, says hygge is a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary, that is cozy, charming or special. 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. It isn’t something you can buy; it’s a feeling. It is a sense of comfort, togetherness and wellbeing.

Even though Arizona does not have cold wintery nights like Denmark, we can still create a hygge with loved ones and/ or friends. We can create these occurrences by our intentions to create quality time whether it is at home cuddling on the couch or sitting around a fire pit in our backyard.

Here are some tips for creating the hygge event: create a safe space, set the mood (turn down lights), treat yourself (could be something to eat or drink), be present, be comfy and be grateful. It can be free or cost little money to create a hygge experience.

Can engaging in Hygge create physical and emotional changes in our bodies? Yes, it creates moments of happiness and helps us de-stress. As I have mentioned in a previous blog post on hugging, cuddling also releases Oxytocin, ‘the cuddle hormone.’ Psychologists say that Oxytocin promotes feelings of devotion, trust and bonding. If you engage in a hygge activity, it helps to directly fight feelings of loneliness as well as improving one’s health conditions by lowering blood pressure and decreasing heart disease. Similar to hugging, hygge is one of the best types of touch to express our feelings for others. Getting cozy is something you can do alone, with friends, or in your home, every day.