This week the Boston Globe reported new research shows Norwegians are the happiest people on earth.
Guess it’s time to burn my copy of Scandinavian Humor and Other Myths.
While still talking Scandinavian trivia, have you heard of hygge? It’s a Danish word for the preferred way of life in Scandinavia, hygge (pronounced hoo gah). One of the books on the subject’s called The Little book of Hygge by Wiking. No, I didn’t misspell viking, nor have I read the book, but grew up with the word, cozily, from Bestemor, my Norwegian grandmother.
The closest we come to the concept in our culture is cozy. To the happy Norwegians cozy means more than cash. When given the choice, these highly taxed citizens prefer minutes over money. Time to linger with friends and family, to explore the outdoors, stop for coffee(often!) and enjoy life. Cozy. Hygge.
Taking a class on the New Testament’s reminded me that Jesus, not the Danes or Scandinavians, came up with the heart of hygge, valuing life and people more than accumulating money. The truth that one can’t serve money and God is also true about running after money more than valuing time and relationships. Something’s got to give.
According to Jesus and others in the New Testament, we’re prone to worry, be greedy, selfish, ungrateful.
So Jesus takes us on a mental nature walk.
Look at the lilies.
Check out the Chickadees.
Sounds like a war cry.
Maybe it’s time.
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