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According to the World Happiness Report, people in Denmark are unusually high on ratings of happiness and wellbeing. And they also happen to be obsessed with the concept of “Hygge,” which roughly translates to an atmosphere of coziness and interpersonal connection. Is this a coincidence, or is Hygge the secret key to contentment? Light a few candles, grab a cup of hot tea, and cozy in for this episode of Psychologists Off The Clock!

In this episode, you will learn: 

  • The meaning of the Danish concept of Hygge, and why it’s crossing the Atlantic. (Although you probably won’t learn how to pronounce the word correctly!)
  • Why Denmark is so often rated as one of the happiest countries in the world.
  • What we Americans are doing wrong, and why we might want to slow down.
  • Why some Hygge skeptics think the whole concept has a dark side (see here and here and this book)
  • How Diana creates coziness in the warm Santa Barbara climate and why Debbie plans to start taking longer coffee breaks at work.
  • Why running on the hedonic treadmill probably isn’t getting you anywhere.

Explore These Resources

Books About Hygge

From the Skeptics

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth

About Swedish Coffee Breaks

Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads and Other Treats by Anna Brones

About Slowing Down as a Parent

Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry by Katrina Kenison

The Greater Good Science Center

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