Finding Gratitude When it’s Chilly

“Nebraska, it’s not for everyone.”

If you haven’t heard yet, our state has a new tourism slogan.  It’s been met with mixed reviews.  When I read social media notes from people who are angry about it, I giggle, remembering it’s the tourism slogan.  You have to admit that our state is not a tourist destination of choice–at least not to most people.  But it might just be for me.  

Many people who live here know, that it does have idyllic places to visit, and sometimes a regular-old Nebraska sunset can parallel anything over the ocean.

That said, sometimes I don’t totally think it’s for me–now hold on before you get angry.  Take yesterday for example. . .

The kids were cheering, “Let’s play outside!” so excited from the snowfall.  “Brr,” was all I could think on this week of snow and lots to do at work.

But, the evening DID end up being one that reminded me that Nebraska IS the place for me.  One reason why was the super-duper secret that I want to share with everyone.

Last year I made a discovery that helped me find more gratitude throughout the chilly season, even when it was the third week of sludge in January.


“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. … You can’t buy a ‘hygge living room’ and there’s no ‘hygge foods’ to eat.” (

In my own words, it’s that cosy/warm feeling you get when you and friends are tucked into the house with comfy clothes and warm food and lights all around.  So while you can’t buy hygge, you can mix the ingredients into your home–or even into a normal weekday night.

Evi’s Prescription for some Nebraska Hygge:

  1. Candles
  2. Twinkly Lights
  3. Soup
  4. Cosy Socks
  5. Hoodie Sweatshirts
  6. Warm Cups of Hot Drinks
  7. Good Friends and Family
  8. etc.
I love it that in Denmark they have a word for this.  Having a word for it helped me feel more grateful last winter.  So, how might you mix some hygge into your weekend?

Today’s gratitude dare is to take a picture of something that sparks gratitude. . . maybe something hoogaly (not a word, but one I use, lol).  If you want to share, use #gratitudegal on instagram or Twitter this weekend.

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