No HYGGE? Just say, “PYT!”
Last month I wrote a blogpost about the Danish concept of “Hygge” and how its blood pressure reducing effects can be achieved anywhere. (HYGGE YOURSELF – January 29) Basically, we need to learn what it means to seriously “chill.” But sometimes our best laid plans to hygge just don’t pan out the way we expected – time constraints, family tensions, or just realizing we’re out of tea can put a kibosh on our attempts to enjoy some laid back quiet time. Suddenly, the idyllic moments of hygge are not to be had. So what do we do now?
I just read an article in BBC about another interesting Danish concept with an even more interesting word – “PYT” (pronounced “pyd”). It’s the magical word the Danes use when things don’t quite work out the way they intended. And it’s actually a very empowering, freedom-instilling word because it implies acceptance of what is given at the moment and moving on. No sitting around acting like a victim, licking wounds and throwing a pity party. Pyt is an unimpressive little word but its meaning is very strong. (“Don’t worry about it, Move on, It’s all OK, Never mind, Be happy.”) It comes in handy especially when traveling.
Hakuna Matata (cue the song from “The Lion King”) has the same meaning in East Africa. And many other cultures have this same notion.
Greek – “Endaksee.”
French – “Pas de souci.”
Spanish – “De Nada.”
Italian – “Non fa niente.”
Aussies – “No worries, mate.”
And if you’re ever in NY city or New Jersey you’ll hear, “Fuggedaboudit!”
Case in point, you still have control over your blood pressure if you remember to choose to say “pyt” rather than “sh**”, and instead of raising an offensive finger, try this:
And if all else fails, just self-medicate with a small scoop of icecream….
…or better yet crank up the music and bust out your best dance moves…
If anything, it will make people wonder what you’ve been up to.
(*The photo of the tent in the tree was the result of a high winds camping fiasco. I’m sure you have your own stories. I’d love to hear them in the comments section!)