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The meaning of "Pyt": healthy thoughts and stress management

The meaning of "Pyt": healthy thoughts and stress management

The word "pyt" was recently voted the most popular word by Danes. Pyt is a cultural concept about fostering healthy thoughts to deal with stress.

Pyt is normally used as an interjection in reaction to a daily frustration or a mistake. In English, we would say "Don't worry about it, or "Oh, well." If Danes have a mishap, they may say "pyt", which is about accepting and resetting.

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Overcoming the tendency to blame

Studies reveal that we are happier when we have fewer daily frustrations. What we consider frustrations can be tied to how we interpret what's happening to us.

Pyt can help people avoid the tendency to blame others. By saying "pyt," you're deciding not to let the actions of others bother you. But, you wouldn't say "pyt" in response to a problem that you ought to take responsibility for.

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Get a pyt button

Get a pyt button

While letting go can be encouraged by doing things like walking in nature, meditation, exercising, or keeping a journal, you can always get a pyt button.

Danish teachers use pyt buttons to teach children to let go of more minor frustrations. The pyt button has become popular among Danish adults, that, when pressed, says "pyt pyt pyt" and "breathe deeply, it will all be okay" in Danish.

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