According to the World happiness Report, Denmark is in the top ranking position of the happiest country.
Hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah” is the Danish word for ‘ a sense of wellbeing and cosiness’ i.e making a cosy, convivial atmosphere. Getting hygge can help you feel happier because you will feel centered, calm, and fulfilled. Hygge is really a Danish word for self-care. As you know, self care is all about making sure you feel fulfilled on a personal level so you’re better able to help & care for others in your life.
Although hygge is really an attitude and way of life, there are specific examples of how people all around the world implement hygge. A few examples of hygge in everyday life are:
- Enjoying a hike or walk in nature to take in the sights, sounds, and smells
- Getting cozy at home with lots of candles, a fireplace, or a warm mug of tea
- Cooking a simple, hearty meal and inviting family or friends over to enjoy it
- Spending time with family & friends — focused on good conversation & being present
You don’t need to overhaul your interior to make it more hyggeligt, tiny additions to the home can transform any moment. Treating yourself to your favourite coffee, indulging in new bubble bath for long dips by candlelight or finally putting your favourite photographs on the wall are all instant mood lifters whenever you use/see them, so take the time to enjoy them.
By integrating hygge practices, or self care, into your daily or weekly routine, you’ll feel less frustrated, agitated, and stressed. Whilst hygge is frequently associated with cosiness, it is a way of life which can be enjoyed all year round. However by embracing the indoors, welcoming others into your home, and taking plenty of time to treat yourself to little luxuries, hygge is the ideal way to combat seasonal affective disorder.
Further hygge reading:
- The Little Book of Hygge by Mei Wiking
- The Art Of Hygge by Jonny Jackson and Elias Larsen
- The Book of Hygge- The Danish art of living well by Louisa Thomsen Brits