Happy Autumn and Winter!
This is the time of year to slow down, as nature does for winter, yet, culturally there are holidays and gatherings that might lead to overdoing things. Remember to have down time, quiet time, perhaps walking simply to enjoy being in the world, without any attachment or goals. Slow down and be fully in the moment. Hold eye contact and hugs longer, open your heart more. See with Gratitude.
You might embrace the word and concept “hygge”. ~ “Denmark endures dreary winters with the help of an arcane cultural concept known as “hygge.” It’s not an easy word for outsiders to pronounce; it sounds sort of like HYU-gah and it’s even harder to translate. Hygge apparently has no direct analogue in English, and related words like “coziness,” “togetherness” and “well-being” only cover a fraction of its nebulous definition. Hygge, originally a Norwegian word for “well-being,” first appeared in Danish near the end of the 18th century… It has evolved into a big part of Danish life since then, absorbing connotations over time like a semantic snowball. The dark winters of Denmark helped turn hygge from a mere word into a kind of cultural panacea, manifested in various ways to buffer Danes against cold, solitude and stress…. hygge is a pervasive, year-round spirit. “It’s like a mood you have. We can see hygge in many things, in many situations.” This flexibility of hygge is a major reason why English words like “cozy” don’t do it justice. “Coziness relates to physical surroundings — a jersey can be cozy, or a warm bed — whereas hygge has more to do with people’s behavior toward each other,” writes author Helen Dyrbye in “Xenophobe’s Guide to the Danes.” “It is the art of creating intimacy: a sense of comradeship, conviviality and contentment rolled into one.” ~ Taken from article by Russell McLendon , science editor at Mother Nature Network, http://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/blogs/how-hygge-can-help-you-get-through-winter