• Lifestyle Concepts To Live A Fulfilling Life

  • Everybody wants to live a life that makes them happy. Most people would agree that having a little more happiness in their life would be amazing. Being fulfilled is an awesome feeling, but unfortunately, it is a feeling that many have trouble finding. Fulfillment is an easy concept on the surface, yet it is so elusive.How do we find more joy in our life? Like anything else, it takes practice to cultivate happiness. Here’re some lifestyle concepts adopted by people in some happiest countries:

    HYGGE:The Hygge philosophy is all about finding happiness and contentment by savouring cosy moments and drawing pleasure from the simple things in life.Meik Wiking, the author of “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living,” and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, says that you know Hygge when you feel it; some of the key ingredients are togetherness, relaxation, indulgence, presence, and comfort. The true essence of hygge is the pursuit of everyday happiness and it is basically like a hug, just without the physical touch.According to the World Happiness Report, Denmark is the world’s happiest country and Wiking believes that this can be attributed to hygge. “The Danes are exceptionally good at decoupling wealth and well-being,” he says. “We focus on the small things that really matter, including spending more quality time with friends and family and enjoying the good things in life. It is an opportunity to unwind and take things slow.”“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. 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 we allow ourselves to let our guard down. Danes have been proven to be less materialistic than other cultures, and we appreciate low-cost activities and the simple things in life, like having a coffee and lighting some candles to create a cosy atmosphere,” says Wiking.Lykke is the Danish word for happiness. The Danes believe that a cluttered room is also a cluttered mind. Colour psychology is also very important in achieving lykke. Pink generates warmth, blue means freedom, and green will make the home look natural. And in Denmark, most people cycle to work – so exercise is built into their daily routine.Danes are obsessed with describing things as hyggelig (hygge-like). While winter is the obvious time for all things hygge, Danes practice this concept year-round. Some ideas for hyggelig summer activities include picnics in the park, backyard dinner parties, bonfires on the beach, and outdoor movie nights.

    LAGOM:While hygge is about creating a cosy and comfortable environment in which one feels content, lagom is about finding a more manageable, comfortable, balanced way of doing things. By doing so, you will make time for the things that matter most in life, says Niki Brantmark, the author of “Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life.”Lagom is a Swedish word that means “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right.” It is all about letting go of a self-indulgent, consumerist lifestyle and incorporating balance into your life. It is often described as “not too little, not too much, just right.” It is about moderation and living a contented life with the right amount of everything, instead of living on extremes.Sweden, also one of the happiest countries in the world, is known for having high standards of living. They also encourage a strong work-life balance with parents receiving 480 days of paid parental leave. Difficult to find anyone at the office in the evening, with most leaving sharply at 5pm. In fact, very few employees work overtime, it can be seen as a sign of poor time management and planning.Fika is a Swedish word meaning to meet up for a cup of coffee or tea over something delicious. An essential part of the lagom lifestyle, Swedes traditionally stop twice a day for fika, taking a much-needed break from the daily grind. People fika with family, colleagues and friends. It is a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture.

    IKIGAIJapanese believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason for living. And the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa, home to some of the world’s longest-living people, believe that the path to contentment lies in finding your ikigai. Living by your ikigai is the key to long and happy lives, say Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, the authors of the book “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life.” For the Japanese, this raison d’ĂȘtre, is the reason to jump out of bed each morning.We all need a passion, a drive, something that gives meaning to our lives. Having a strong sense of ikigai – where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect – means that each day is infused with meaning. Okinawanians remain active and work at what they enjoy because they have found a real purpose in life – the happiness of always being busy. Research has shown that those who feel purpose have healthier lives. Their passion and motivation protect them from burnout.

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