Here’s a little something about me: I tend to think most trends are straight up stupid. Why? Because most are. Teenagers are out here wearing Vans, all the exact same ones, because they’re “in,” but honestly, they’re not original. They’re from the 60’s, which means every decade since then has been wearing the shoes. And pretending you’re “in” fashion because you have something everyone else does, like you’re so original or special, is just… stupid. There’s been 4-5 other generations before you.
It’s no surprise that when I heard about this whole Hygge movement sweeping over America, my face immediately went -_-
“It’s just something else we’re taking from another culture, like the posers we are.”
But you know what actually is interesting? The fact that I read an article on one woman’s perspective on Hygge last night on Snapchat. It was her and her husband adopting Hygge for a weekend.
Here’s a brief rundown:
- It consists of people wearing lounge clothing.
- You take joy in eating some savory stews, sweet cakes, tasty cookies, etc.
- Making food is celebrated, so cooking and baking is an experience.
- Coffee and tea are encouraged.
- Netflix and chill is also encouraged.
- There’s no “me,” only “we.” Share the food, share the joy.
- No bragging, no criticizing. No drama of any kind. Just chill.
- Get cozy with blankets and pillows.
- Be thankful of life’s small pleasures.
- Be in the moment, turn off your phone.
- Light some candles, make a fire, set the mood.
What hit me is that… I already do a lot of this, and I’ve never technically practiced Hygge in my life. I love Netflix and sweatpants and fuzzy socks. I bundle up in blankets and pillows and light candles every night. When the work day is over and my to do list is finally complete, I become useless. All I want to do is lounge and eat and make some cider or tea.
I think if anything, my issue therein lies in not being able to stay in the moment correctly. I either get bored and browse social media on my iPad, or I just… bash the movie, or someone in a show, or crack a joke about something negative. Sometimes I just plan things, like the weekend, or the grocery list for the week, rather than relaxing.
All in all, I think I’m just a thinker, and once the wheels start turning, I don’t really stop. I keep thinking and thinking.
So, as much as I hate to admit it, I don’t think this particular trend is all that bad. I think that it definitely belongs in Denmark, after all, it is theirs. It’s a part of their culture. To adopt that is to… be posing. And rude, maybe.
But… what if they’re right? What if they’re OK with us learning something from them, genuinely learning and celebrating it and taking our hats off to them in the most respectful of ways?
The reason I think Hygge is great is simple: it’s all about self-care. It’s about giving yourself the time you need to relax, so you can be the best person possible toward everyone else around you. In essence, it’s a celebration of life, a way to express gratitude for what you have, and as well as a nice way to give your mind a break. And when you give your mind a break, you tend to think clearly. Suddenly, problems are just something else to solve, rather than the end of the world.
And I think it goes hand in hand with veganism. Hygge is about taking it easy so you can be a better person, and veganism is about wanting to be a better person to help those around you, including animals and the environment. Together, Hygge would… change the world! Suddenly, people would be nicer to one another, and might even work together to end cruelty, and make the world a better place.
Obviously, it’s a pipe dream. Not everyone would agree, nor try these things. And destruction will always prevail, but… if we can be less a part of the problem, and be more a part of the solution, then who’s to say we can’t at least make a dent?
At least it doesn’t hurt to try.
So, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to practice Hygge this week, and see what happens. I’m going to start thinking of it as Hygge, and catching myself when I’m overthinking during a Netflix movie. Let’s see how it goes, and how well it pairs with veganism.
I’ll let you know how it goes 😉