Hygge, The Journal — Books

Our May Reads for Mental Health Month

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Our May Reads for Mental Health Month

Books are great tools for learning about mental health, and reading is scientifically proven to increase our level of empathy towards one another. It gives us a window into the lives of others. Hygge Savannah is taking time to acknowledge May as mental health awareness month. If you haven’t yet connected the dots between hygge and mental health, stop reading this and go back to catch up on our previous journal entries

It seems only fitting to share some of our favorite reads that address these topics and--big sigh of relief--some that don’t address them at all!  Here’s to hoping one of these picks brings you a better perspective on yourself and others, and encourages you to extend an extra hand this month to even those who seem like they have it the most together.  

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What is Hygge?

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What is Hygge?

Lets address the elephant in the room right out of the gate: how do you pronounce it?!  If you've ever been caught saying higgy (like my sister, recently) or hiyga, youre not alone.  We understand that this is not part of the English language, and Google is sometimes too far out of reach, so lets settle it once and for all.

Hoo-gah or Hue-gah” 

 

Both will get the job done!  For those who arent familiar, the term is, in fact, Danish, originating from the country, Denmark.  And yes, I did feel like I needed to say that.  Norwegians know a bit about this concept too, but its more ingrained in Danish culture.

Imagine candles, wool blankets, fuzzy socks, puzzles, hot cocoa, fireplaces and a book.  Are you thinking of quarantine 2020?  Its actually not too far off from what weve all been forced to do this past year.  Focus on spending quality time with our family, at home, doing activities that we otherwise are too busy for. 

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