I’ve never been particularly excited about this month in the past, but this year, it just seems different. It feels like a big exhale. It feels simpler. So yeah, it’s January, the first month of the new year. It’s cold outside but it’s warm and toasty over here on Topsfield road. I’m sipping some delicious coffee and making a pot of my son’s favorite soup. Annnnd, you guessed it, I’m still in my pajamas. Now before you think, “TMI Chris”, bear with me because I promise it will make sense in a minute.
I discovered a new word recently and I was struck at how much it’s meaning resonates with me. The word is “Hygge”. (pronounced hue-guh) Some of you may know it, it’s a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. Hygge, while tricky to pronounce is actually a very simple concept. It literally only requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present.
While there’s no one English word or simple definition to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, ‘contentness’, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.