Hygge (pronounced hooga) means “to cozy around together.” For the Danes, togetherness is a way of life. They play games together, eat meals together, and enjoy being in each other’s company in a “cozy” atmosphere. Compare this to the overly stressed and busy lives of Americans who barely seem to have time for anything off the “to-do” list. Research shows that quality time spent with friends and family has a huge impact on our happiness, and yet how much quality time are we spending?
The Danish Way of Parenting book urges us to take a “hygge oath” which can be downloaded from their website. Here are some ways you can begin practicing hygge in your home.
Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of positive-parents.org and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the author of 3 books. Her newest book, Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, will be released on June 7, 2016 and is available for pre-order now. The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting and a co-authored book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early Childhood are both best-sellers in their categories on Amazon. She is the grateful mother to 2 boys.