not a typo, i’m just learning some danish. 

i read a cool article on npr yesterday. it talked about the danes,and how despite living in one of the coldest climates ever with the leastsunlight, they are among some of the happiest. according to the article, theirhappiness is derived from this sense of “hygge” (pronounced hYOOguh),the people tend to feel. hygge is described as “cozy”, but the typeof cozy that is”fireplace warmth with candles and family and friends andfood, tucked under blankets on a snowy day, cup-of- coffee conversation,scarf-snuggle, squiggly, warm baby love.”  sign me up. hyggeembodies the danes lifestyle as they take things slow, make time for people,and don’t get too caught up in the everyday living.  i read an article formy living prophets class last night by deiter f. uchtdorf that made me think alittle more about the sense of “hygge” it is entitled, “ofthings that matter most”, and when he says that,  “love isspelled T I M E”, well, that struck a chord with me. making time for god,your family, your fellow man, and yourself. that is what matters most. 

this sounds like a research paper. bear with me.

i keep having this recurring dream that i take my family to spain.(except for last night. last night i dreamed that two of my friends were bothdating justin beiber. that two-timer!) we stay with my host family. they lookaround bleary eyed as we chat in spanish. i have a helluva time getting tospain because i keep losing my passport, id, yadda yadda. anyway, every time idream this dream i have this sense of “hygge”. it rolls my favoritethings, family, spain, quality time, all into one. these are the thoughts ilike to dwell upon when life slows down, when it doesn’t, and when itshould. 

“There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity thatwe sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions.”-Deiter F. Uchtdorf

this week i am going to make a conscious effort to live in myhygge, even if that just means waking up 2 hours earlier  than i need to,simply to make breakfast, sit under a blanket in the quiet, and enjoy.

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