The Danish word hygge is being used a lot these days. It essentially translates to 'connection, coziness and fellowship'. Finding joy in simple pleasures and communing with people you enjoy in a meaningful way. Winter is high season for hygge, since cold weather can be isolating. Here are a few things you can do to embrace the long, dark days of winter with optimism:
• Get out. Break out and seek warmth and companionship for cheap, good fun: a walk, a latte, singing with a group.
• Have frequent, low-key and unpretentious get-togethers. Employ soft lighting, good music and comfortable chairs.
• Gather in groups: Book clubs, salons, Bunco, mahjong. Cooking, knitting and poker parties are wonderful ways to spend time and make connections.
• Limit alone screen time, but consider inviting friends for the Oscars, sporting events,Victoria, or any TV series that promotes a great discussion.
• Share meals. Cook, order in, or eat out together.
• Create a cozy feeling with warm seasonal lighting and candles.
• Instigate and initiate. Be sure to spend time with people and exchange thoughts and smiles. Set dates; make plans; have something to look forward to.
Here at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr we experience hygge every day!