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New a need Hygge? Check out these six other lifestyle techniques from around the world


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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
January 12, 2017
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Hygge is quite simply huge at the moment and it's not hard to see why. The Danish concept of making every aspect of your life 'cosy' over the long winter months – whether that means snuggling up with a good book in front of the fire or wrapping up for a crisp winter walk - has been taken on board by countless people who want to slow down and find joy in everything rather than simply wishing away the weather. That being said, Denmark isn't the only country that has its own ideas on how to live your best life! See Celebrity Cruises' top picks for words around to world to live your life by…

Wabi-sabi – Japan

Rather than pretending everything in your life is perfect (ahem, Instagram), wabi-sabi is derived from Buddhist teachings and represents a view where we accept that life takes its toll, and that it is important to celebrate that not everything is perfect and timeless, but rather imperfect. It is part of Eastern philosophy and 'wabi' translate as 'rustic simplicity' while 'sabi' means 'beauty that comes with age'. Sounds good to us!

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Pono – Hawaii

Pono means finding a balance of harmony within yourself by doing the right thing – not just for yourself, but with the environment. It is the aim of the Ho'oponopono practice, which practices reconciliation and forgiveness.  

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Friluftsliv – Norway

We might not have a single clue on how to pronounce it, but the Norwegian term 'friluftsliv' (which translates to 'free air life' in English) is all about being one with nature, and how you will feel most at home with yourself by reconnecting with the outdoors. So what would this involve? Simply spending some time out of your busy week taking a walk through a park, visiting a forest or walking along to coast (if you live near a beach of course!).

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Gemütlichkeit – Germany

Much like hygge, gemütlichkeit aims to raise your levels of happiness by simply enjoying what you have – spending time in a comfortable place with good friends.

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Jugaad – India

Jugaad is all about innovation. Rather than shrugging when a situation seems difficult, jugaad is all about 'hacking' the situation, using your creativity to find a clever or simple way around your problem.

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Sisu – Finland

Sisu is all about bravery and resilience – with the mind set being all about determination. For instance, if you have a goal for 2017, a belief in sisu means that no matter what, you will be able to see your objective through, no matter how difficult. Basically if you're planning on running a marathon this year, this is probably the one for you!

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