The Danish "Hygge"

As a Dane,“hygge” is something that I live by and that I try to do as much as I can when I have the time. But what is “Hygge”? Well.. It’s many things, but I’ll try to explain it. “Hygge” is pronounced “hue-guh” and describes everything cozy, good, relaxing, warm and enjoyable. Things that make you feel good and warm inside. In essence, “hygge” means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with people you love and/or care about - or by yourself.

“Hygge” to me is: Big fuzzy sweathers. A soft bed. Cuddling with my cat. Reading good books. A lot of candles lit in the evenings – or every hour of the day actually. (We Danes LOVE candles) Movienights and series marathons. Shopping. Long and warm Summernights on the balcony listening to the leafhoppers. Barbeques. Watching the snow fall. Long walks in the golden Autumn nature. Visiting big and small flea markets. Photo shoots (The relaxed ones). Fluffy and warm blankets. A crackling fireplace. Picnics with friends. Family dinners. Hugs. Enjoying a big cup of hot chocolate or tea. Pyjamas. Comfort food and snacks. Wrapping myself in warm and soft clothes, big scarfs and fluffy socks. Lots of pillows. Fairy lights. “Nesting”. Decorating for the seasons. Lightning storms. Bonfires. Fun days with friends. Good scented things. Watching and listening to foxes play. And so on...

“Hygge” is something we do. It’s something that are very important to us. If the day was boring or hard - Try some “Hygge” and that’ll change. “Hygge” makes everything good again – at least while you do it. It’s “Hyggeligt” – the way we describe it.
Some people say that “hygge” is why we Danes are some of the happiest people in the world. Is that true? I don’t know, but it might be a big part of it. Wanna learn more about “Hygge”? Try and read “The Little Book of Hygge” by Meik Wiking . It’s full of pictures and text that explains it pretty good.

There's a lot of "Hygge" on this blog. It's me. A part of my soul. My way of living.

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