Denmark is ranked as the “Happiest Country in the World” in the 2012, 2013, and 2016 World Happiness Report by the United Nations. Much of it is contributed to the Danish phenomenon called hygge (HOO-gah). The term comes from a Norwegian word meaning “wellbeing” and roughly translates into English as “coziness” or “hug”. It means much more than that- it is a cultural mindset about celebrating simple things and spending more time with family and friends. Hygge moments allow us to take our mind off the daily stress and live in a healthy comforting state of mind.
Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or a cold, windy, snow-filled day, go for the hygge!
The best environment includes some (or all) of the following:
- Flickering candles
- Hot chocolate, tea, coffee, or a glass of wine
- Comfort food such as bowl of crockpot stew or freshly popped popcorn
- Woolen socks or slippers
- Old sweatpants or leggings
- Soft blanket or throw
- Board games* to play, book to read, or a dog/cat to cuddle and pet
*This Valentine’s Day rent a 2 player game from The GameBoard:
- Haru Ichiban (2014 Golden Geek Abstract Board Game Nominee)
- Kulami (Mensa Select winner)
- Hounded (Foxhunting game of trickery and entrapment)
- Paradisio (The 2011 Preferred Choice award from Creative Child Magazine)
- Patchwork (Simple rules, short playing time, challenging puzzle)
- Pagoda (Hippodice 2013 award winner)
- Jarl (The Viking tile-laying game)
- The Duke (The 2013 Best Two-Player Game award from Dice Tower)
- The Rose King (Join the thorny feud for 2 players)
Happy Valentines Day!
Love Lynn, Meg, Amy, Kevin. Will, Josh, Heidi and Amado