Help Me, Hygge!

It's officially December and I'm feeling... well...not so festive, to be honest.  Between the lingering post-election feels, the darker days and longer nights, the current state of the world, and some extra sad memories from last Christmas to top it all off, it has been turning out to be a real challenge for me to stay upbeat with the holidays fast approaching.  I haven't even played my favorite holiday ear worm yet, and I usually put it on repeat the day after (okay before) Thanksgiving. 

I'm such a broken record but seriously, this year has been hard.  So, so hard.  

I realized I really need to do something proactive in terms of my own holiday happiness when I caught myself tearing up at the new commercial featuring Frankenstein singing in the Towne Square (He's just so lonely! Someone love him, please!) and feeling hateful toward the lady who blocked me into an aisle at the grocery store and then gave me the filthiest look when I excused myself through.  

I need some serious joy and grounding.  

Hygge to the rescue.  

Oh, what is hygge, you ask?

I posted about it last year right here, if you want to catch up a bit.

The Germans call it gemütlich.  The Dutch say gezelligheid.  In English it translates (loosely) as "conviviality" or "coziness".  

You may even already be familiar with it.  With nine (nine!) books about it out this year alone, the concept of ‘hygge’ is definitely trending.

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that encapsulates a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day things more meaningful, beautiful or special. Whether it’s making coffee a verb (Fika!) by creating a ritual of making it, then lingering over a cup, or the simple act of lighting a candle and enjoying its mellowing glow, hygge is the knowledge that the best moments are simple and special.

The simple act of getting a candle glowing or enjoying a cup of coffee a little more slowly in the morning (okay and maybe a little gløgg in the evening) is already making a huge difference to my spirit.  I am also trying to be kinder to myself.  I am trying to fight my "current events FOMO" and tune out the negativity that seems to be everywhere.

I am hereby committing to surrounding myself with as much NICE as I can. 

Will you join me?  

I would love to know what brings you happiness this time of year.  Please, send all your ideas my way.

Came across a joyful link? Send it to me!  I'm going to cultivate so much hygge over here at Bert&Lou that I'll have no choice but to get in the spirit, and hopefully it will rub off and bring some joy to others as well.

I'm gathering links and hygge ideas, starting with this short article on how Norwegians stay happy during the winter.  Stay tuned for more goodies, and don't forget to