Hygge (Hue-guh): Let’s Get Cozy
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison
This is not a quiet time of year. Holidays, weather, work, and school all seem to require more of us. I don’t know about you, but last week has me feeling the need for a little hygge (hue-guh). This Danish concept is used to describe a feeling or a moment that is, essentially, calm and cozy.
In 2017, my book group read The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell. Even now, it is one that has stayed with us. Blogger Hayley Gleeson wrote an amusing article for adults, “Living Danishly: 6 Hacks for a Happier Life” that interviews Helen Russell about her life among the Danes and what makes them so happy:
- They trust their neighbors
- They don’t complain about their taxes
- They get hygge (components that include being relaxed, cozy times with friends and family, eating and drinking)
- They make their homes beautiful
- They find work-life balance
- They embrace law and order
In these busy days of our American lives, we may not relate to all the components of a happy Danish society, but we can try and find those hygge moments. At my last book group, we took time to slow down and do a simple heart weaving craft while we chatted and sipped our tea (or maybe it was wine). Here’s a great blog post showing what we did. Be sure to practice ahead of time if you share this activity with children, or search for one of the many YouTube video tutorials.
In the hopes of creating some of those moments of connection, comfort, and contentment for ourselves and our children we don’t have to look further than our library. In the last three years, dozens of “hygge” items have been added to our library catalog and our digital resources are a great place to find something for a family movie night.
Our new Guide is out, so be sure to look through it. Sign your 3rd-5th grader up for “An Inuksuk Means Welcome,” in which they explore the arctic and create their own narwhal (so lucky!). See here to register. On Jan. 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. you can come together for our Neighbor-to-Neighbor gathering which is a partnership with One Community, a grassroots initiative to actively celebrate and embrace our local diversity, and to raise awareness, acceptance and involvement of neighbors of all backgrounds. See more great programs that will have you feeling connected, warm, and cozy in our winter Guide.
Finally, find time to grab your kiddos and snuggle up with a good book. Here are some to get you in the hygge spirit:
Daniel Meets the New Neighbors by Becky Friedman
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy
Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell Kingholiday