On our recent trip to Bangkok, I saw a book at Kinokuniya (while Immanuel had the time of his life browsing through countless books, and buying a few) which talked about the Danish notion of happiness.
The author, Meik Wiking, who is the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute wrote in his Litte Book of Hygge, about the concept of hygge (pronounce hoo-ga), something that some Danes think is uniquely Danish. While I’m not too concerned about whether it is unique or not, I sure want it.
He describes it as a ‘hug’, somewhat ‘intimacy’, which is generally ‘cosy’. Quite an abstract concept that many of us feel in various settings. Fireplaces and candles are the epitome of an experience that’s hyggelig.
As we build our home in this season of our lives, Immanuel and I seek to keep our home like Kanra (Japanese minimalist), but with loads of hyggelig nooks for books and snuggles.