Hygge – My Path to Peace & Silence

Birgit Bauer
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Birgit Bauer

Over the past year or so, I have found myself more often than not exhausted, and just looking for some peace and quiet. Whether reading by candlelight or having dinner with friends, sitting around a table drinking tea, or riding my bike in the sunshine, I began to look for these satisfying and relaxing moments more and more, and that’s where I stumbled across the Hygge movement. Needless to say, I am now addicted!

For the Danish, Hygge is a way of life that leaves its followers happy, satisfied, and cosy. They don’t just practice Hygge at home, but also in their cars, at restaurants, and even workplaces, where candles, fireplaces and cosy spaces help to reinforce the trend. Although some people describe Hygge as anything from an evening with friends to a party with your family, for me it means even more.

Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, wrote a book on Hygge, in which he describes the benefits of the Hygge way of life. He shares that Hygge can be found with an evening with friends, parties in the kitchen, or even an night on the sofa watching a TV show with loved ones.

What Hygge Means to Me

Over the past month, I have worked to refine what this movement not only means to me, but also how it has impacted my multiple sclerosis. The little happy feeling that Hygge leaves you with helps me to remember to rest more, take more breaks, and just relax. There are moments where I am totally silent and full of peace; moments that make me feel the most “me.” Moments like these not only help me relax but also have a positive effect on my MS, helping to counteract the damage that a life full of stress can cause. Overall, it is important for all people living with MS to relax, calm down, and find balance whenever possible. When that happens, your quality of life can only improve.

For me, Hygge is more than just a lifestyle trend - it is my personal service station to refill my energy and maintain inner silence; it helps me live my best life every day. Over time I’ve found that the more Hygge I have, the more serenity I find. I even designed my own on-the-go Hygge pack that includes things like chocolate, good music, and a knitting piece that all help me calm down on those tough days.

When it comes to really understanding Hygge, I think that Winnie the Pooh said it best: “you can’t spell it. You feel it.” In the end, it’s important to find your own cosy feeling which makes you happy and satisfied. There’s no better Hygge moment than that!

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