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adding plants or an office garden. Think about adding couches for people to use when they have long reports to read or need to hold a quick and informal meeting. A hygge office is also one that is egalitarian. Organize activities such as office potlucks for lunch one day of the week. When everybody shares, everybody gets hygge. THE HYGGE MANIFESTO Here are 10 ways to bring some hygge into your neck of the woods for a happier home, office and lifestyle. l P: The last chapter in your book, Hygge and Happiness, dives into the reasons Danish people are so happy. For those around the world who aren’t privy to Danish culture and lifestyle, what’s your tip to them toward achieving hygge? W: There is no faster way to get hygge than to light a few candles, or as they say in Danish, levende lys, or “living lights.” Then make a hyggekrog or nook. It’s the one thing every home needs and it is the place in the room where you love to snuggle up in a blanket, with a book and a cup of tea. And then start a new tradition with your friends and family. It is common knowledge that the best part of memories is making them— playing board games on the first Friday of every month, or celebrating the summer solstice by the sea, or any meaningful activity that unites the group will knit everyone more tightly together over the years. That’s hygge, anywhere. P: A common hygge misconception is that it can only be achieved in the winter. Why is this an incorrect way of interpreting hygge? W: Hygge is about a cozy atmosphere and being with loved ones, so you can hygge all year. Hikes and bike rides in the spring, summer picnics by the sea, and apple picking in the fall are all hygge. P: Above all else, what is hygge really about? W: Ultimately, hygge is about an atmosphere. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and that we allow ourselves to let our guard down. n WANT TO ACHIEVE HYGGE in your life? Click here to download a Hygge Manifesto PDF to hang in your home or office. l l l l l l l l l ATMOSPHERE Turn down the harsh fluorescents and light some candles. PRESENCE Be in the here and now; turn off your phone when you’re in a meeting or at dinner. PLEASURE Indulge in what makes you happy (cake is very hygge). EQUALITY Think “we” over “me.” Share the responsibility and the credit. GRATITUDE Take it all in and be grateful for what you have. HARMONY Not everything in life is a competition, especially conversation. COMFORT There’s no rule that says your office must be stiff. TRUCE No drama. Let’s discuss politics another day. TOGETHERNESS Build longstanding relationships with narratives. SHELTER This is your tribe, where you’ll find peace and security. May 2017 ■ PULSE 65