One of the reasons I love October is that it’s the time of year when I start feeling cosy at home. The nights draw in and the fire gets lit; there’s a twinkly-comfort in ‘hunkering down’ with a nice glass of red and a good book or film. So I was rather intrigued to read that the Danish have the most fantastic word for this feeling – ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’).
A recent BBC article explores this distinctly Danish attitude to life and how it has contributed Denmark being the happiest nation in the world. With short days and low temperatures, the Danes spend more time at home and with a greater focus on getting together with friends and family.
‘Hygge’ comes from a Norwegian word meaning “wellbeing”. Author Helen Russell, interprets it as about “being kind to yourself – indulging, having a nice time, not punishing or denying yourself anything” as opposed to the January abstinence-fest that we British go in for….I know which would make me happier!
I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home sometimes and I’ve noticed that I have my own hygge-style rituals; I’ll often light a scented candle while I work and keep snug with lots of steaming cups of tea.
It’s well documented that happier, healthier people are more productive at work. So, I’m intrigued by how work and work-places could be a bit more ‘hygge’ – warmer, more welcoming and even a bit more sociable. We often get the most done when we slow down, grab a cuppa and really listen to each other….
So here’s this month’s call to action:
– How can you be a bit more hygge, inside and outside of work? What might the benefits be?
– Get in touch and let us know your hygge-rituals…and if we can help facilitate more sociable and productive ways of working via training, coaching or a team-building event, please let us know.