Hello Twist of Pine family!
What other things make you happy…food, friends, and family of course!
The happiest people in the world are those that have a good balance between their work life and their personal life. They take time each week to meet with close friends and family.
“Time spent with others creates an atmosphere that is warm, relaxed, friendly, down-to-earth, close, comfortable, snug, and welcoming. In many ways, it is like a good hug, but without the physical contact,” said Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, and author of The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living ( which I’m currently reading).
Why is that? When we interact with others through handshakes, hugs, etc. our body releases the hormone oxytocin, which makes us feel happy and reduces stress, fear, and pain.
People who are happy with their relationships tend to be happier overall. So how can we improve the hygge in our life? Wiking suggest starting new traditions with your family or close friends. “…it can be whatever meaningful activity will knit the group more tightly together over the years.”
At Twist of Pine, we hope to be included in your traditions, especially as construction continues on the bed and breakfast. Visiting the Kneifls at the bed and breakfast for birthdays, Santa, or other special events can be your family’s next tradition.
But that’s not all Twist of Pine can help with. We can help you treat yourself, with food, fun, and funky gifts. Making and eating good food with good company is a fast track way to find hygge.
“Hygge is about being kind to yourself—giving yourself a treat, and giving yourself, and each other, a break from the demands of healthy living. Sweets are hyggelige. Cake is hyggelight. Coffee or hot chocolate are hyggelight, too,” Wiking said in his book.
Specifically, taking time (not rushing) to make a meal and cooking with your friends and family (not alone while they’re in the other room) can create feelings of happiness, especially when we are making comfort food with warm coffee or tea to drink, or roasting out by a campfire.
Wiking himself created a cooking club with his friends. Instead of going to different houses every week where one family plays hostess and prepares the meal. His group of friends goes to each other’s homes and they all prepare the meal together. “It creates a very relaxed, informal, egalitarian setting, where no one person has to cater for the guests—or live up to the standards of the last fancy dinner party.”
If you would like to try a cooking club with your friends or family, stop by Twist of Pine for some ideas of what your group could make.
*This blog post was written by Twist of Pine employee Stephanie…watch for the next post on Hygge Clothing and Hygge in the home