Hygge. What it is, And Why You Want it in Your Home.

Posted by Kelly McKelvie Tuesday, February 7th at 12:02pm


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The definition found in the Oxford Dictionary is:
A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture):
usage example: ’why not follow the Danish example and bring more hygge into your daily life?’

It has also been called “the coziness of the soul,” which the Danes must know about being that Denmark has been named on many lists as the best place to live and that it’s inhabitants are the happiest people on Earth.

This may not be the perfect meaning (as there is no direct translation) but whether we realized it or not, many of us have been striving to bring this notion to our homes and lives, now you know the name/term for it.

It’s pronounced hue-gah or hoo-ga (depending who you ask).

What are the principles of hygge?

In his Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking says its key ingredients: togetherness, presence, indulgence, relaxation, and comfort. “[Hygge] is basically like a hug, just without the physical touch,” he says. What it really comes down to is making the most of little, daily pleasures, especially when it’s dark and freezing outside.

Below are six of Wiking’s tips for adding more hygge to your everyday life.

Create a cozy atmosphere
You need a cozy nook where you might enjoy your coffee and newspaper. You can also bring hygge to your space through candlelight, nature, and rich textures.

Stock a self-care emergency kit
Wiking recommends creating a kit that contains comfort things like candles, quality chocolate, herbal tea, a soft blanket, warm wool socks, a page-turner, or a notebook and pen, or a photo album. All of these things allow you to wind down in a more mindful way.

Learn a craft
Knitting is super hygge, since its slow, steady rhythm is calming for many people, says Wiking. It helps you focus in a laid-back way. But if you can’t see yourself with knitting needles, there are plenty of other hygge pastimes. “Crafts in general are hygge, especially if you do them with a friend,” says Wiking. “It’s a chance to slow down and make something handmade.” Try painting, making a collage, or quilting during a night in.

Make a hygge treat
Hygge foods are all about pleasure. Think cookies, cake, and pastries. (“Danes love freshly baked goods,” says Wiking.
Slow, rich food—like stews and chili—are also hygge. Even more hygge than eating these foods is making them with friends and family. “When everyone gathers and cooks together instead of one person hosting, it maximizes the hygge. It’s a relaxed and informal evening,” says Wiking.

Start a new tradition with people you love
Togetherness is a big part of the hygge concept. To facilitate more time with friends and family, create a new tradition that involves a hygge activity (that is, one that encourages everyone to connect and feel comfortable). That could mean organizing a game night, renting a cabin, going apple-picking, or taking a ski trip.
“Hygge is making the most of the moment, but it’s also a way of planning for and preserving happiness.

Practice gratitude
Hygge and gratitude go hand in hand. The philosophy entails feeling thankful for the little things, like a bike ride on a beautiful day, or a cup of hot chocolate, or re-watching your favorite movie. “Research shows that people who feel grateful are not only happier but also more helpful and forgiving and less materialistic,” says Wiking. “It’s all about savoring simple pleasures.”

Does this sound like something you do now or perhaps want to bring into your life? The idea of being mindful and living in the moment is universal. Whatever you want to call it, this seems like something that can only be beneficial.

INFO Link: health.com