I liked the distinction she made between contentment and happiness. It was snowing here this morning so a hygge post is very timely. I'm on it... fire is lit, work is done, hot drink is in hand and I'm planning a nice meal and quiet evening relaxing in what is now a much less draughty house... have finally replaced two very rotten windows this week (and learnt some new skills fitting them with the help of my very kind brother). Grateful, happy AND content... :-) Hope the hygge is strong with you too!
Friendly robin here too... we had created such a nice friendship that I confess I was a little jealous when my neighbours told me he had been spending his time round at their house!!
I too liked that distinction Lorra and the bit about expectations. She puts it very well. And about hygge being a feeling, not something you buy! I hope your evening turned out to be just what you planned. First snow but only on the higher hills around and a very hygge feeling here too. Robin sharing is just a fact of life :-)
We spent a lot of time in Denmark over a 7 year period and I have Danish friends.Contentment sums up exactly what we observed and experienced and is so much deeper than the rather shallow concept of hygge that we see promoted in the UK.
sounds like a lovely experience MayB.
I can’t help adding my yoga perspective to the discussion on contentment! In yoga philosophy, contentment is one of the “disciplines” to be cultivated...don’t think of our western connotation of discipline here. Think: practices. And yes, if i simply raise my eyes from the screen, fold my hands in my lap, and take a relaxed breath....contentment descends...all is well and all will be well...there is no need to improve on this moment. I already have everything i need to be happy and content. But how easy to forget! Thank you for the reminder, Freda...:-)
I think the idea of contentment is not exciting enough for us perhaps? I tend to associate it with old people! And think of it as a rather passive state...
Listened to The Museum of Curiosity on Radio 4 today. One of the guests was Scottish wildlife photographer and cameraman Doug Allen. If he could make a donation to the "museum", it would be the feeling you get when you realise that a wild animal trusts you ...
Thankk you for the link Grace. I do think that was a wonderful donation.
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