What\u2019s the Big Deal about \u2018HYGGE\u2019?\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nMeik Wiking, the author of\u00a0The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets To Happy Living, and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, says that Hygge has been called everything from \u201cthe art of creating intimacy,\u201d to \u201ccoziness of the soul,\u201d and even, \u201ccocoa by candlelight.\u201d\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nSo what exactly is Hygge and why is everyone talking about it?\r\n\r\nThe word Hygge\u00a0(pronounced as \u2018hue-guh\u2019) comes from a Danish word meaning "to give courage, comfort, joy"And Wikipedia says it is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. While this sounds very mush-y, let us understand this term a little better by answering a simple question.\r\n\r\nWhat is your fondest memory? Take a moment and think about it.\r\n\r\nReady with your answer?\r\n\r\nAs someone who leads the Hygge initiative at FocusU, I asked these questions to some of my friends\/ colleagues and given below are a few responses I received:\r\n\r\n \tSunday lunch with family\r\n \tGalli cricket with friends\r\n \tSummer vacations with cousins\r\n \tWatching the sunrise after a long hike\r\n \tMom\/ Grandmom oiling their hair with coconut oil\r\n \tSitting in a hammock on a lazy sunny day, drinking beer\r\n \tHolding their newborn baby in their hands for the first time\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWhile this list can go on and on, I hope it resonates with your fondest memory, as well. If it did, do share your memory in the comments below \u2013 I would love to read it!\r\n\r\nRegardless of how unique or even wacky our fondest memories might sound, they all have some things in common:\r\n\r\n \tThey made us happy \u2013 even the thought of it makes us smile\r\n \tIt was either with people we love\/ loved or about spending some much-needed time with ourselves\r\n \tIt was something simple - nothing fancy!\r\n\r\nThe point I am trying to make here is, that these fondest memories are in one word \u2018Hygge\u2019 - a feeling, a moment of belongingness, comfort, love, and camaraderie.\r\n\r\nHygge is all about creating a warm and cozy atmosphere that helps you forget all your worries and gives you a chance to enjoy the good things and the small joys of life. Now whether this comes from playing a sport, having a drink with friends, or enjoying a relaxing spa session is up to you \u2013 but the warmth you feel while doing that act is Hygge. It\u00a0is not about materialistic things, although it has been positioned that way in some parts of the world by selling expensive candles, blankets, and coffee as a solution for spreading instant happiness.\r\nThere is no \u2018secret ingredient\u2019 here \u2013 it is your actions, words, and thoughts that bring about the happiness vibe which Hygge stands for.\r\n\r\nLiving Hygge is all about being mindful of our own happiness and of those around us. Doing small yet mindful things that make you and others happy on an everyday basis is living Hygge.\r\nYou would say, we have been doing this \u2013 the Danes just coined a name for it.\r\nThat might be true, however, but what they did differently was to ensure that they live and experience Hygge consciously, on an everyday basis. And they did it in a way unique to their surroundings and habits. This should inspire us to localize it to suit our own culture, lifestyle and apply it to our lives - both personal and professional.\r\n\r\nOur professional life comprises many to-do\u2019s, goals, targets, etc. \u2013 how do we bring in Hygge amongst all of this? Besides, do we even need Hygge at the workplace?\r\nAn HBR article titled - \u2018We all need friends at work\u2019 talks about a study that showed that workers are happier in their jobs when they have friendships with co-workers. Employees have further reported that when they have friends at work, their job is more fun, enjoyable, worthwhile, and satisfying.\r\nGallup found that close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50% and people with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work.\r\nThis clearly shows that bonds and friendships at work have a positive impact on our work. Likewise, Hygge at work can bring in the following things:\r\n\r\n \tMake the office a better place to work in\r\n \tCelebrate happiness and small joyful events at work\r\n \tHang loose and let our guards down, every once in a while\r\n \tAcknowledge and appreciate people and their efforts\r\n \tBond better and create an environment of harmony\r\n\r\nHygge at work does not require a big budget for employee engagement \u2013 it is the small steps we take towards our family at work. It could be a selfless act of kindness, bringing a smile on someone\u2019s face, being there for people during their hard times, going the extra mile for your colleague or even a client.\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s literally all it takes.\r\n\r\nAs you can see, it is not rocket science - we all have been doing it, thus it is time to take it to the next level. Hygge can be one of the company values or a part of your culture deck. Living Hygge at work is about making conscious efforts to observe, acknowledge and recognize people and their efforts on an everyday basis. It is a way of life!\r\nSo if you want to live Hygge \u2013 the first thing you might want to do is put on the Hygge lense and see the good in people; in yourself and celebrate it. \r\n\r\nAt FocusU, we live Hygge every day by celebrating work anniversaries, remarkable efforts, small and big wins \u2013 and sometimes just being grateful for the mad crazy bunch we all are.\r\n\r\nThat is what works for our ethos, what do you think will work for yours?\r\nHow do you plan to bring in some Hygge in your life? Do let us know!\r\n\r\nThank you for taking out time to read this!