Personal stories 15 December 2016
Why we need some “hygge” – a heartwarming Danish life lesson
hygge

They say Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the whole wide world. Why? Because they know their hygge. Hyg-what? Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’, this word is conquering the world. It’s the big new wellness trend and let’s say, it translates roughly to coziness.

Scandinavian influence has flourished in every element of our lives these days, especially in terms of interior and minimalist fashion. Ranging from art, architecture, and furniture. It’s everywhere and very popular. The latest Scandinavian trend addition is nothing materialistic, but, in fact, a way of life.

The importance of simplicity
Explaining what hygge exactly is, is quite a challenge. Meik Wiking from the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen recently wrote a book about this phenomenon. He spent years studying the magic of Danish life. According to him, hygge called everything from the art of creating intimacy, the cosiness of the soul, and the absence of annoyance to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. Hygge helped Danes understand the importance of simplicity. To make time to unwind and enjoy life as it is.

In his book, Meik Wiking states that there are several similarities between hygge and the Dutch word gezelligheid (which is something cozy, warm, nice or good company). But they’re not completely alike: as gezelligheid is more social than hygge.

Hygge is:
– About comfort
– About warmth
– About light
– About feeling safe
– About feeling relaxed
– About taste (it’s familiar, it’s comforting)
– About the sound of crackles of burning wood
– About a casual atmosphere

So, how do we hygge?
Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. It the warm glow of candlelight. It’s your friends and family. It’s Christmas. Nothing is more hygge than sitting around the table with your loved ones, enjoying a great meal, discussing the big and small things in life. And although the high season of hygge is right now, as Christmas is on its way, you can celebrate hygge during every season. Like during summer, with picknicks in the park, music festivals and sunny city strolls.

You can hygge alone, just as you can with others. Treat yourself to some hygge tonight by reading your favorite book, enjoying the best quality chocolate you can possibly find, wear your favorite warm woolen socks and add some honey in your tea to make it more hyggelig. 

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10 comments

    kelly abraham

    You must get this paypal free money online so that you can get the generator here.

    debby

    Hi,

    Ik heb dit boek ook gelezen een aantal weken geleden zo lekker comfi boek! Toen kwam ik wat Denen tegen tijdens een kerstdiner en moest ik het natuurlijk over dit boek hebben! Zij moesten onwijs lachen dat er überhaupt boeken te koop waren hierover, en ik weet nu voor eens en altijd je spreekt het uit als : Huugge!

    Nice and cozy post about Hygge :D

    I have actually been trying to work out which hygge book to order! haha such a silly problem! There are just a few out and I was not sure which is the best one! Thank you for the tip!
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com/

    What a beautiful post. I agree, we all need more Hygge in our lives.

    http://www.katelately.com

    Yes we do!! :)

    Hygge has been taking the world by storm – I’m not surprised there are books on it now! I actually want to read the one you featured in this post!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    It does! And this book is definitely a must read if you’re into the subject. Beautifully designed as well!

    So proud as a Dane! :)

    I would really recommend the Danish lifestyle and food blogger Valdemarsro (www.valdemarsro.dk), whose pictures really embrace HYGGE.

    Aaahhh you’re a Dane? Good for you!!! And great recommendation. Will check it out!

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