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Developing elements of Hygge
  1. This week the ladies live by The Little Book of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) to learn all about the Danish art of being cozy.  Can you capture the essence of being warm in bed while it's snowing outside and feel that way all the time?  Jolenta and Kristen are hoping to do just that.  So light copious amounts of candles, put on a chunky sweater, and cuddle up in a hand-knit blanket because things are about to get ultra-hygge.To get tickets to The New York Times Podcast Club IRL, go to http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2017/dec/18/podcast-mixtape/We love hearing from you! Reach out at 419-869-BOOK; email us at bythebook@panoply.fm; Tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, @bythebookpod; and follow us on Instagram @jolenta_g, @k10meinzer, @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
  1. What is Hygge?

  2. ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #148 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die; and then dies having never really lived." —Dalai Lama Most Sunday mornings at around nine or 10 o'clock you will find me in my living room having just returned from walking my boys, Norman and Oscar, settling in with a pot of black tea, a warm croissant from a local bakery and the Sunday newspapers. Such simple pleasures bring me a priceless amount of happiness, and I look forward to this weekly ritual as I tuck into bed each Saturday night. The recent trending term hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) in the lifestyle publishing industry springs from the happiest country in the world as found by extensive research compiled by the United Nations World Happiness Report. Simply defined, incorporating hygge into your way of living is a choice to encourage the enjoyment of life's simple pleasures. There are a multitude of books focused exactly on how to welcome a hygge lifestyle into your life out on the market at the moment (and these are just a sampling released in the past 12 months). Just take a look below: ~The Little Book of Hygge ~The Cozy Life ~The Year of Living Danishly ~How to Hygge ~Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well ~The Nordic Theory of Everything ~Hygge: 25 Secrets from the Danish Art of Happiness, Getting Cozy and Living Well Needless to say, the attention to a way of life that welcomes in the simplicity and everyday savoring of pleasures and reminds of the gifts a welcoming sanctuary can bring into our everyday lives is something that tickles me immensely. Many TSLL readers have pointed out the similarities between hygge and living simply luxuriously, and after reading two books on the subject, I certainly have to agree. So how exactly do they overlap? How are they similar? Let's take a look: 1. Savoring quality in each arena of life: food (a decadent hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream) relationships, the people you spend time with everyday experiences a small but welcoming home 2. Cultivating a sanctuary to relax, unwind and rejuvenate 3. Light a candle or two or three 4. Cultivating trust in those you love, in the communities you live and work in 5. Building a life that enables you to feel free, thus realizing you have more control over your level of happiness than you may have once assumed. In other words, you truly can become the CEO of your own life while building and being a partner in your community, home and work place. 6. A strong, respectful support system "meaningful, positive social relationships" 7. Practice gratitude, let go of want 8. Build and cultivate strong, healthy, loving relationships The quality of one's happiness increases with improved relationships, not surprisingly when we make more money. "America has gotten richer, a lot richer, over the past fifty years, but we've not gotten happier." —Jeffrey Saks author of the United Nations World Happiness Report 9. Become a lover of books  Discover the pleasure reading can bring when a wide open afternoon, evening or 30 minutes anywhere in your day arises. Pick up a book, snuggle up and dive in to discover something new. Keep the television off, put your cell phone away and get lost, letting go of time. 10. Become a regular visitor of nature "Whether you are sitting by a river in Sweden or in a vineyard in France, or just in your garden or nearby park, being surrounded by nature enables you to bring your guard down and adds a certain simplicity." Meik Wiking 11. Choose to be fully present Put away the technology, allow your mind to be in the here and now and look around you. Savor the sun, savor the company, savor the flavor of the food. Savor the amazing life you have the fortune to be living. 12. Cultivate calm  13. Savor simple rituals 14. Let go of competiveness The mindset of a market economy versus a social-democratic economy is at once significant and worth contemplating. Often, based on where we live and the culture we are raised in when we see our success based on how others fare as well: in a market economy, it is more likely to be an independent mindset, and in a social-democratic economy, it is more of a collective success one seeks. Ultimately, we only have control over ourselves, but to ignore how our behavior and decisions effect others is to ignore the power of emotional intelligence in our lives. When we consider others in our decision making, it is a means of paying it forward, of cultivating more wellness, kindness and positive behavior that builds each other up rather than tears one another down. 15. Seek internal approval rather than external Refrain from needing to wear labels or purchase more or larger homes, cars, shoes, clothing, etc. A mindset set on fine-tuning one's outer appearance is a person who has not found peace within. When you do have peace within, the external becomes far less important and the once temporary highs are substituted with permanent peace. The primary, underlying similarity that is at the core of living well, living simply luxuriously and thereby incorporating a hygge approach to life is to truly appreciate and savor the life we've each been given now. To drink the marrow from life so to speak every single day. It need not be excessive, expensive or grand. The true pleasures are actually quite simple. It is the moments of sitting next to those you love, letting go of time and letting go of worry knowing you are living well, you're living wisely and you haven't been pulled off track by the marketing masses that merely want your money when superficially they promise you more happiness. They are wrong, you are right when you choose to live in such a way that focuses on your well-being. And well-being cannot be purchased, it must be consciously cultivated, tended to and patiently fine-tuned. ~What Does a Simply Luxurious Life Look & Feel Like? Petit Plaisir: ~My Master Recipes; 165 Recipes to Inspire Confidence int eh Kitchen by Patricia Wells Download the Episode
  3. According to the World Happiness Report, people in Denmark are unusually high on ratings of happiness and wellbeing. And they also happen to be obsessed with the concept of “Hygge,” which roughly translates to an atmosphere of coziness and interpersonal connection. Is this a coincidence, or is Hygge the secret key to contentment? Light a few candles, grab a cup of hot tea, and cozy in for this episode of Psychologists Off The Clock!
  4. What drives happiness? Actually, what is happiness? It sounds so vague, like “puppy dogs and rainbows,” doesn’t it? Well, today, we're going to define it, get our hands wrapped around how you measure it + see what the key drivers for happiness really are. Our guest Meik Wiking is the founder + CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, is improving the quality of life across the globe and has consulted with the Danish government and the city of Goyang in South Korea among others to increase key drivers of happiness in their countries.  When Meik realized his native Denmark is routinely ranked the highest in the United Nations Happiness Report, it sent him on a mission to unlock what drives (and what prohibits) human happiness. Meik’s insights are fascinating and will give you practical steps to live a happier, more inspired life today.   SHOW NOTES The Happiness Research Institute is taking a scientific approach to answer these questions: How do you measure happiness? Why are some people happier than others? How can we improve the quality of life? Happiness often feels vague and soft. The institute breaks happiness down into two components: Overall life satisfaction + immediate satisfaction. Capture happiness: By following large groups of people over time, they see how life events impact emotions and happiness. The Happiness Research Institute has served cities, governments + organizations globally, impacting their policies + infrastructures, allowing their citizens to flourish.   Meik refers to Denmark as the "least unhappy country":  Since "genetics" plays a small role in someone's level of happiness,  the main explanation is the Nordic way of life. Policies + infrastructure are in place in Scandinavian countries to reduce causes of unhappiness: unemployment, lack of access to healthcare, paid university-level education. Meik's book The Little Book Hygge details the Danish national culture of art of creating a nice atmosphere:  Hygge is the idea of feeling relaxed, at peace, a sense of togetherness and enjoying simple pleasures. It's a key success parameter when socializing in Denmark. Light a candle: Meik shares a fascinating story of a Canadian family making the simple environmental change of eating dinner in candlelight that led to a longer, more enjoyable experience for the entire family.  Happiness-suicide paradox: It's more difficult to be unhappy in happy country. Why? Our satisfaction is impacted by how we see others (and social comparison). Increasing wealth does not correlate with increased happiness because we increase our expectations, creating a new benchmark for happiness. The Little Book of Lykke is Meik's global treasure hunt for happiness, covering 6 topics: togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness. Hear more about each of these in our Live Inspired IN STUDIO membership community*. If you enjoyed hearing practical tips to be happier in your work + life, listen to Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project & The Four Tendencies on ep. 64 and Liz Fosslien, co-author + illustrator of the just-released book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work on ep. 122 of the Live Inspired Podcast. * Hear more on Meik's global treasure hunt for happiness by joining IN STUDIO, my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. I'll share his practical tips + proven real-life examples from The Little Book of Lykke. Registration is open now for less than 48 hours. Register today! MEIK WIKING'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Factualness by Hans Rosling. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Optimism. 3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My photo albums. 4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My mom. died at 49 nice things to say to her. 5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? John Helliwell,  Editor of World Happiness Report in reference to the work we do: Let the data shape the signs but let the story spread the signs. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? It's all going to be fine. 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Just happy.  *** Did you enjoy today's episode? Subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts! Live Inspired with John daily on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email  
  5. Silicon Valley CEOs, Tibetan monks, and crunchy hippies alike describe meditation as blissful and life-changing, but what does the science say? Can it reduce stress, increase your attention, and improve mental health -- or is all this focus on breathing just a bunch of hot air?  Sit back, get comfortable, and focus your mind as we talk to Tim Ferriss, Professor Gaelle Desbordes, Dr. Clifford Saron, and Dr. Britta Hölzel. Please note: we have updated this episode. We removed a reference to Peter Thiel, the founder of Paypal. He was a guest on Tim Ferriss' show, but didn't discuss whether he meditates. Our SponsorsEveryday Bravery - Listen to Everyday Bravery, a podcast from Prudential, by going to everydaybravery.comWordpress - go to wordpress.com/science to get 15% off a new websiteCredits:This episode has been produced by Shruti Ravindran, Ben Kuebrich, Heather Rogers and Wendy Zukerman. Kaitlyn Sawrey is our senior producer. We’re edited by Annie Rose Strasser. Fact checking by Ben Kuebrich. Music production and original music written by Bobby Lord. Extra thanks to Dr Jonathan Schooler, Dr Florian Kurth Aldis Wieble and Dr. Madhav Goyal.Selected References:CDC Report: Trends in the Use of Complementary Health Approaches Among Adults: United States, 2002–2012Review of Neuroimaging Studies on Meditators Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis - JAMA review of Clinical Trials with Active ControlsIntensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators - Dr. Cliff Saron’s study on telomerase activity after a meditation retreat
  6. The ladies tackle their most stylish challenge yet with The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe, by Anuschka Rees. They choose colors, patterns, and styles that make their personalities pop - and ditch the rest. We love hearing from you! Reach out at 419-869-BOOK; email us at bythebook@panoply.fm; Tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, @bythebookpod; and follow us on Instagram @jolenta_g, @k10meinzer, @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687Also be sure to check out our website, created by the great Cameron, here:https://www.bythebook.panoply.fm/And huge thanks to this week's sponsors:ZipRecruiter, a place where growing businesses connect to qualified candidates. Try ZipRecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/bythebookPhlur, creator of sustainably crafted, award-winning perfumes—delivered with transparency at an honest price. Go to phlur.com today and use promo code BYTHEBOOK to get 20% off your custom Phlur sample set. Wander Beauty, a line of multitasking beauty essentials that are easy to use and travel-friendly—for foolproof beauty whenever, wherever! Get 20% off your purchase at wanderbeauty.com/bythebookRXBar, protein bars that are made with 100% whole ingredients. For 25% off your first order, visit rxbar.com/bythebook and enter promo code BYTHEBOOK at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
  1. Implementing Hygge

  2. Log cabins, woodsy getaways, A-frame cuties, cottages, tiny homes, lake houses: WE GET INTO IT. World famous Minnesota architect, author, professional cabinologist and human delight Dale Mulfinger sits down to discuss everything from what makes a cabin a cabin, to why we bond better surrounded by wood, Scandinavian hygge-ness, where to situate windows, cabin history, horror flicks and vacation activities. Alie sits there starry-eyed and stammers a bunch because she's so excited.More on Dale Mulfinger: salaarc.comSALA Architects on InstagramDonations went to: Clarence Wigington Minority Architectural Scholarship & slavedwellingproject.orgSponsor links: Progressive.com, “You” podcast by Okta; Kiwico.com/Ologies; , OhMyGut.info/podcastMore links at alieward.com/ologies/cabinologyBecome a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologiesOlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes!Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologiesFollow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWardSound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray MorrisTheme song by Nick ThorburnSupport the show: http://Patreon.com/ologies
  3. Jolenta and Kristen turn self-help into Earth-help with Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste by Bea Johnson. For the good of the planet, they ditch excess food packaging, straws, and plastic bags. They also marvel in the joys of composting and realize that recycling might not be as sustainable as they thought...We love hearing from you! Reach out at 419-869-BOOK; email us at bythebook@panoply.fm; Tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, @bythebookpod; and follow us on Instagram @jolenta_g, @k10meinzer, @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687Also be sure to check out our website, created by the great Cameron, here:https://www.bythebook.panoply.fm/And huge thanks to this week's sponsors:Phlur, the creator of sustainably crafted, award-winning perfumes—delivered with transparency at an honest price. Go to phlur.com today and use promo code BYTHEBOOK to get 20% off your custom Phlur sample set.Quip, the electric toothbrush that’s a fraction of the cost of bulkier brushes — while still packing just the right amount of vibrations to help clean your teeth. If you go to getquip.com/bythebook right now, you’ll get your first refill pack free with a Quip electric toothbrush.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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