Hygge (pronounced hue-ga) is an old Danish concept that allows the Danes to get through those never-ending dark winters. Although the word originated from the Norwegian word for "well-being", its in Denmark where it became exceedingly popular and, in essence, translates into coziness.
This Danish lifestyle trend became "Word of the Year 2016" in the Collins Dictionary (following "Brexit"!) and the Instagram hashtag #hygge has more than 1.6 million Pinterest perfect posts to scroll through!
So, what exactly is hygge you ask? It's basically a philosophy, a way of life that has helped Danes value and understand the importance of simplicity: time to unwind and enjoying the most natural and simplest things in life. It's about experiences, rather than "stuff".
What are some examples of hygge then and how can I adhere to this "movement":
- for example, sitting and chatting quietly with friends and family while listening to classical musical playing softly in the background;
- sipping on hot chocolate or eating some slow-cooked home meals with your loved ones;
- curling up on the couch reading a book surrounded by lovely lit candles with the most soothing aromas...
Basically, creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people!
As you can see, it's really of a state of mind, a shared experience, and to help make a hygge environment at home you can always turn to candles (of course, and lots of them!), fireplaces, throw blankets, big sweaters and thick knitted socks (or knitted anything, for that matter!), to name a few.
But aside from just feeling cozy, a big part of hygge is also thee concept of togetherness, with friends or family. Studies have shown that this focus on intimacy and building relationships with loved ones can also be the key to more caring communities and happier societies as a whole.
The Danes national obsession with "all things cozy" is credited as one of the reasons why Denmark is always at the top of the list in the worlds happiest countries, despite their infamous long and dark winters. Now the rest of the world is starting to take note of this wonderful mind-set and way of life too!
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