Sharing moments with family and friends is an important factor when it comes to hygge and happiness. It creates a feeling of belonging.
Social relationships are perhaps the most essential factor for happiness. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, people are social creatures by nature. Studies show that there’s a strong correlation between the satisfaction people feel about their relationships and their overall satisfaction with life. The relationships we value most are those in which we experience things together, feel understood and there’s mutual trust and support. Hygge puts quality over quantity here; spending time with a group of 3-4 close friends or relatives is considered most hyggelig. It might therefore be the perfect compromise for introverts and extroverts to hang out together, somewhere in between socializing and relaxation.
Maintain your relationships consciously. Don’t wake up one day and regret that a lifetime has passed and you weren’t there. Show your appreciation, get involved, be attentive. It doesn’t have to be on a daily base as long as you make a conscious and heartfelt decision about how and when you want to get social.
Not all of us are naturals when it comes to sharing what’s on our minds. But letting people in on your life, goals, successes, failures, quirky features and also knowing this from the other strengthens bonds. By letting the world know what you’re up to, you also enlarge the chance of meeting people that share your interests and world views.
Everybody has a tribe, find yours! If it’s not the people that are around you now, then find out where they are. There are always like-minded people that get you. Hang out with them face to face or virtually. If you love hygge as much as we do: welcome to the tribe! Make sure to get on the mailing list and join our hygge-insiders group.
It’s great to start traditions. Traditions give something to look forward to and give you the warm feeling of being part of something. It could be the yearly long weekend skiing with your friends, spending New Year’s Eve at a particular place, eating a family recipe at grandma’s birthday every year; the possibilities are endless.
Creating memories together is creating narratives. Years from now, you’ll be sharing stories and reminisce by the campfire: do you remember that time we did so and so and we laughed so hard that we almost wet our pants? It’s often the little moments that make the best memories.