There is more to Hygge than what is portrayed on Instagram. You may have seen it taking over social media in the last 12 months, however, it is so much more than an interior design style or sense of fashion. Hygge can be described as a ‘cosy contentment’ and ‘well-being’ through enjoying the simple things in life.
According to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, “Hygge is such an important part of being Danish that it is considered “a defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA’.” As a result, despite the harsh Winter’s in Scandinavia, they remain the happiest people on earth.
“Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. Hygge (or to be “hyggeligt”) doesn’t require learning “how to”, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything”. (Wikipdeia) The word has actually been used in Denmark since the 1800’s and was taken from the Norweigan word meaning ‘well-being’. Essentially, it is about creating a ‘cosy’ environment through experiences, your environment or the comfort of what you are wearing. A.k.a hyggeligatmosphere
Favourite Ways To Enjoy Hygge This Winter
- Light a fire
- Rug up and take a walk outdoors
- Light candles
- Invite friends over for some slow cooked comfort food: think stews, cakes, tea, crumbles, hot chocolate.
- Cosy up and read a book. When I was little we used to make a ‘nest’ (aka hyggekrog) out of big blankets and snuggle up to watch a movie, read books or play board games. Think soft textures.
- Run a hot bubble bath and light candles around you (double Hygge)
- Start knitting or take up an old hobby like drawing, playing music, doing a puzzle.
- Slow down and stop rushing. Be more mindful. Sit and enjoy your cup of tea, enjoy the warmth of the bath, feel the soft cashmere of your jumper, watch the flames flicker on the candle wick.
- Play an old playlist of music to share with loved ones.
- Declutter your space. Keep it warm, inviting, simple, cosy!
- Unplug from technology. This is the most un-hygge thing you can do! It is about being connected and ‘living’ your life in synchronicity with the people and world around you.
- Don’t try to impress, it is about simple pleasures. Being with people, connecting. Not competing with others or showing off.
So, pull out a pair of your favourite Hyggebukser (aka trackie pants), slip on some thick socks or your ugg boots, light some candles, invite some friends over, slow down, keep it simple, eat a piece of home baked cake, and get your Hygge on this winter. You will be happier for it!