It may sound strange, but I feel like the new year has just begun. To me, it’s not NYE that really marks the end of last year and the start of a new one: I wake up on January 1st and tend to be quite melancholic. Everything looks and feels the same as it did the day before, it’s still winter and it would be for at least a good two months longer.
(Not that I have anything particular against winter; every season could and should be enjoyed no matter which climate zone the place you call home happens to be in.)
But only around this time of the year do I actually start feeling resurrection: when the sun begins to set a little later, its rays are slowly gaining back their strength, birds are singing again and nature is awakening. Everything is fresh and new, a carte blanche.
I hope I’m making some sense here! 🙂
Spring has finally begun showing her lovely face to us here in Central Europe and on this much-anticipated occasion, I’ve decided no recipes today. Here’s what I have in store for you instead: elements of happiness. Oh, yeah!
I’m sure you guys are familiar with the international bestsellers The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo and The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. These books are definitely the talk of the town these days.
I think we’ll all agree I’ve picked some pretty hot topics to discuss in today’s post as those catchphrases in the title are #trending like crazy for some time now. Everyone’s sharing an opinion on these two subjects, so I had to see for myself what the buzz was all about.
I’ll be frank with you, I did feel the need for regular wardrobe purges before I was advised to do so and I’m beginning to think I should’ve been born in Denmark, as I was always naturally drawn towards things with a high hygge-factor (is there anyone not obsessed with cinnamon buns and throw blankets anyway?).
Finding nothing really groundbreaking in either one of these books, I still enjoyed reading and will probably refer back to them multiple times. Like anything else in life, you have to pick and choose the elements that work for you and your situation.
Admittedly though, my longing for a fireplace reached all-new levels and I also have a newfound sense of minimalism concerning my whole life, not just the underwear drawer.
Because even if you already know/do/have experienced some (or most) things listed in these volumes, it’s nice to put a name to a feeling that’s hard to describe (that would be hygge) and to have a system handy for keeping your spaces tidy (the KonMari Method).
As an introvert, the idea of a well-organized home, coziness and slow living is very appealing to me anyway. But could saying goodbye to pilling sweaters and lighting a bunch of candles really be the key to happiness (in the including but not limited to sense)? I kinda think so!
Let me elaborate.
As Benjamin Franklin put it: ‘Happiness consists more in the small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life’.
In my mind, his words translate to appreciating the now, savoring the moment and being grateful for simple pleasures as key factors in the pursuit of overall wellbeing. And you can only do so when you have order and predictability in your life.
So here we are at my bottom line: it’s important to dream big, have focus and work towards your goals, wether it’s having more time, money or whatever it is you think would make you a happier person.
But the content you feel in those silent moments when you are snuggled up cozy in your favorite spot at an orderly, functional home with a good book and a steaming cup of hot chocolate is what real happiness looks like on an everyday basis.
It’s in the small things. Remind yourself of that!
Have you read these cult books, or are you familiar with their concept? How do you feel about them? Are you planning to incorporate some aspects to your lives on any level? I’d love to know!
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“Cup with hearts inside” photo by valeria_aksakova / Freepik