before the storm 19/20
first draft october. 19
reconstructed jan. 21
the art of coziness in danish culture
“Why are some countries happier than others?” and “Why do people from Nordic countries always seem to be the happiest people in the world?”
I remember that I started reading books on positive psychology a few years ago, and then one day, stumbled upon the concept of “hygge” that captures the essence of Danish culture and also happens to be the main reason why they are always ranked as the happiest people on Earth. Then, I started talking constantly about the meanings of this beautiful words to Anna, and somehow making it a traditional thing for us. “Candles, a homemade Chai latte and a good movie” on a beautiful snowy day is an art that has the power to push everything else aside. Those were the moment when we understood what matters the most in life.
back in 2016,
chinatown./ my little sis.
“You cannot buy the right atmosphere or a sense of togetherness. You cannot hygge if you are in a hurry or stressed out, and the art of creating intimacy cannot be bought by anything but time, interest and engagement in the people around you.”
with Luis at Pink Lake, Gatineau, Québec
fall break. 19
cozy coffeehouse – hygge
“Hygge is about having less, enjoying more; the pleasure of simply being. It is generous and celebratory, a way to remember the importance of the simple act of living itself.”
OAT + MATCHA/ LIVE MUSIC
“Hygge is our awareness of the scale of our existence in contrast to the immensity of life. It is our sense of intimacy and encounter with each other and with the creaturely world around us. It is the presence of nature calling us back to the present moment, calling us home.”
LOUISA THOMSeN BRITS
winter wonderland 20.
with mom, Gatineau Park, Feb.
3 weeks before the storm.
“There is a simple fidelity to the moment that we experience through hygge. We adjust our surroundings to guide our energy and desire. Hygge pays attention to the concerns of the human spirit, turning us towards a manner of living that priorities simple pleasure, friendship and connection above consumption.”
― Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well
gatineau – centre-ville
“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.”
1 week before the storm/ solidarity./
“The complex of cultural, political and societal affiliations, both in a historic and a contemporary perspective, is expressed by a special term in the Nordic languages, ‘faellesskab’, often with the addition of ‘folkelig’, as ‘folkeligt faellesskab’, where ‘folkelig’ means of the people.”
“Although home still represents stability in an unstable world, we’re beginning to see that home can be how we live, a situation that we create and recreate. Home is less attached to bricks and mortar and more about the lives we lead, the ways that we connect with each other, the communities we build. Home is a state of mind, something we make for ourselves wherever we can. Hygge is the home we make in the flux and flow of our lives.”
Louisa Thomsen Brits
“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”
2 days before the storm
“When we hygger, we frame the moment, give it our full attention, savour and hold it, in an awareness that the moment will pass. We feel how one moment becomes layered on to the next; past and present mingled together – everything falling into place, into one accord.”
stay at home
hygge in construction
“I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves – such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine. The ideals that have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face live cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness and Beauty.”