Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.
Hyggehouse.com explains, "Hygge (or to be “hyggeligt”) doesn’t require learning “how to”, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything. It’s not a thing and anyone telling you different either doesn’t understand it or is literally trying to sell you something that has nothing to do with the concept. You can’t buy a ‘hygge living room’ and there’s no ‘hygge foods’ to eat. Hygge literally only requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present. That’s why so many people distill ‘hygge’ down to being a ‘feeling’ – because if you don’t feel hygge, you probably aren’t using the word right."
As we look around PNA, the word "hygge" comes to mind when thinking about how to describe what happens at our school, what "the PNA way" is. Students are happy to be here and they think of this place as special. They love their community and sharing it with others.
Danes created hygge because they were trying to survive boredom, cold, dark and sameness and the undefinable feeling of Hygge was a way for them to find moments to celebrate or acknowledge and to break up the day, months or years. With so many cold, dark, days, the simple act of a candle glowing with a cup of coffee in the morning or a home cooked evening meal with friends can make a huge difference to one’s spirit.
A group of middle school students gathered in the lobby on Monday, laughing and smiling with each, other while getting ready to head over to the Mountain View Community Center to help distribute Thanksgiving food items to families in need. With the help of partner organizations, Food Bank of Alaska provides a turkey and all the food items for side dishes in celebration of Thanksgiving to those who cannot afford to do so on their own. Given the recession Alaska finds itself in, it's likely the need is greater this year than ever before. PNA has been a part of the Thanksgiving Blessing for over five years now, collecting canned items and helping distribute them at the Mountain View site; one of eight around the city and in the Mat-Su Valley. Students eagerly volunteer, spending what normally is a day off for them helping create hygge, because everyone deserves the feeling - especially during the holidays.