Hygge, which is pronounced "hue-guh", is a Danish word that means enjoying the little things in life and being cozy and content in the moment. The word "Hygge" is derived from the Norwegian word for well-being and has been the subject of books, YouTube videos, and magazine articles over the past year.
Hygge isn't a thing you can buy. My understanding of it is that hygge is a feeling, an appreciation for those moments with friends and family where you get that warm, fuzzy, fully content feeling. There's things you can do to inspire hygge regardless of where you are in the world, but don't head to the mall hoping to find hygge in the windows.
It's still winter here in Canada. Nothing sounds better to me than putting some hygge in my life right now. To set the hygge mood in your home, you can start by incorporating all things cozy:
- Roaring fireplaces
- Warm socks
- Thick blankets
- Fuzzy sweaters
- Comfort food
- A steaming cup of tea or hot chocolate
Also be sure to surround yourself with things that make you happiest: photos of your friends and family, a beloved pet, your favourite books and scents, and so on.
After you've done that, you have to enjoy the moments spent in your own company, or with family and friends. Why not try:
- A board game night in front of a roaring fireplace
- A snowy afternoon spent watching a movie
- Curling up with your favourite book and a cup of tea
- Baking cookies with your family
- Going skating and then coming in for homemade hot chocolate
- Lighting candles and taking a hot, relaxing bath
- Trying out a new recipe and inviting friends for dinner and conversation
Hygge is about appreciating the simple things in life that make you feel all snuggly. Danish people are some of the happiest in the world, despite experiencing cold, snowy winters just like we do in many places in North America. I think a lot of that can be chalked up to their ability to slow down and live in - and appreciate - the present. Let's face it: long, cold, dreary winters can sometimes get depressing. We should all borrow a few tips from the Danes in an effort to make winter a bit more bearable.