Hygge – What is it?

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After learning a bit more about it, I’ve found that I am super interested in learning more, and wanting to share what I’ve learnt with you guys, my readers! Also, as a Dane descendant (my great grandmother was Danish!) I feel as though this is relevant to me 😀

First of all, what is Hygge?

Pronunciation /ˈhʊɡə// – “hue-gah”

[mass noun] A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)

‘why not follow the Danish example and bring more hygge into your daily life?

[as modifier] ‘count on candlelight —almost a requirement for that special hygge experience’

Basically, hygge is taking pleasure in the ordinary moments in your life. Making everyday moments more special and unique. The equivalent of “taking time to smell the roses” I guess.

But Why?

From what I understand, the Danes (and other Nordic countries, but they obviously use a different word) had such long, miserable winter-y days, that they would use hygge to make their lives better. By making defining moments between the days, months and years, and incorporating cosiness into their life, everyone’s spirit is lifted.

How do you do it?

How to ‘do’ hygge is bound to be a personal experience. You may already be practising hygge without even realising! Creating a cosy atmosphere like closely nestled chairs in a corner, buying some simple flowers to brighten your house, taking time to enjoy your coffee in the morning, all these things are hygge.

Would you employ more hygge in your life?

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