What do you think of "hygge"?

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Curious to know what westerners think of this Danish term that refers to a long-dated tradition in one of the "happiest" places to live on earth.

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Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. As a cultural category with its sets of associated practices hygge has more or less the same meanings in Danish and Norwegian, but the notion is more central in Denmark than in Norway.

 

For those that don't know, it's something people in western society are exploring as it seems to be the main source of the sense of happiness in the Norwegian area. In America, we are the complete opposite. Hygge promotes things like compassion, competition with only the self, and open communication of feelings, etc. This is an important feature of its education system for kids aged 6-16. How would you feel if kids were required this course in school?

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Sep 12, 2020 - 6:14pm

With cancel culture, open communication of feelings is long gone. 

Array
 
Sep 13, 2020 - 10:14am

Sounds like Americans needs a little dosage of that ASAP. 

It's incredible how much an average American sucks at communicating and how self-centered they are. Especially considering the things going on, no one actually wants to hear you or talk to you. They just want to assume and talk at you. Compassion no longer seems to be a virtue...

Financial Data Science
 
Sep 13, 2020 - 10:40am

LMAO. You think a COURSE in school will inculcate a culture of contentment across a highly diverse continental nation of 330 million people? Give me a freakin' break. 

 

As a point of fact, the "happiness" indexes are pseudo-scientific nonsense. "Happiness" has different meanings in different societies (and different happiness measures actually find South Americans to be the "happiest" people in the world). When the "happiest" places in the world are still high on the list of suicide, then you know there is something amiss with the metrics. Also, self-reported happiness in surveys is not rigorously scientific when your nation is already known for its "happiness" and you may be reporting being happy or content out of a sense of national pride. The Nordic peoples are well aware of their reputation.   

Array
 
Sep 13, 2020 - 10:46am

real_Skankhunt42

LMAO. You think a COURSE in school will inculcate a culture of contentment across a highly diverse continental nation of 330 million people? Give me a freakin' break. 

I'll give you one.. never claimed that, but I see that didn't stop you from reading that into the post. Thanks

 
Sep 13, 2020 - 11:00am

Billion with a B

real_Skankhunt42

LMAO. You think a COURSE in school will inculcate a culture of contentment across a highly diverse continental nation of 330 million people? Give me a freakin' break. 

I'll give you one.. never claimed that, but I see that didn't stop you from reading that into the post. Thanks

It is just such a stupid suggestion. Could we cure unhappiness with a mandatory series of classes at the tens of thousands of public schools with a curriculum created by a Washington politician or bureaucrat? What do you all think? 

Array
 
Sep 13, 2020 - 11:36am

Cool it with the hasty assumptions...

I don't think "teaching kids in schools to be happy" was the point.

The point of this post seems to be that, we're not emphasizing certain values that we want our kids to have (compassion and open communication).

There are many ways that classwork can be designed to promote such values. Some politician in Washington probably can't design shit, but education experts surely can.

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