What is Hygge? Well, if you’re not so sure, we’re here to tell you all about it. The word Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish concept that encompasses a mood of coziness and contentment. It’s all about enjoying the simple things in life and finding joy from the feelings of comfort and wellness. In other words, it’s much more than a word – it’s a culture, a concept – a way of living and being.
This Scandinavian trend is certainly making its way around the world and for good reason. With the colder days approaching us, there’s a serious need for getting cozy. While there’s no single way of creating the Hygge atmosphere, there are certain elements that can heighten the mood.
What is Hygge for Beginners?
Let’s get one thing straight. Hygge isn’t about buying a bunch of stuff. The concept is about the kind of atmosphere you create. It’s about taking pleasure in simple things. Hygge is an experience, a feeling of comfort and homeliness.
Hygge looks and feels different for different people. In fact, the best part of the concept is that it gets you thinking about what simple daily activities bring you a sense of relaxation and coziness. In other ways, it is an opportunity for you to consider your lifestyle. Truth be told, the idea of slowing down and carving out time to create an atmosphere of happiness and wellbeing is something we can all benefit from.
For those who are complete beginners to the concept, here are some simple ways to incorporate a bit of Hygge into your daily life. Chances are, without knowing what it’s called, you’ve been doing some of these things all along.
So, let’s paint the picture: imagine yourself in comfortable sweatpants. In fact, in Danish, the word Hyggebukser refers to pants you’d never (ever) wear in public. So sweatpants you’d wear while binge watching Friends has the word cozy in it. Add some candles, a cup of delicious tea, some chocolate and fluffy socks while you’re at it, and you’ve got yourself some Hygge.
Here’s another one: a cozy nook in the house, wrapped under a soft blanket, with a cup of hot chocolate in your hands and your favorite book. But Hygge doesn’t always have to be indoors. Going to the woods for a nice long walk in the colder days, and spending time with loved ones is also part of the whole Hygge concept.
What makes the concept special is the intention behind it. It’s being active in creating the space and time to slow down, to get cozy and to get comfortable – and most importantly, finding joy and happiness in the process.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: your idea and concept of Hygge will be unique to you. It’s whatever you find comforting and relaxing. For a lot of people, however, there are certain elements that really help in creating the mood and atmosphere. Using candles and incense, for example, is a great way of creating a sense of tranquility, warmth, and coziness. Add a delicious cup of herbal tea to that and you’re halfway there. Make sure you’re bundled up with your favorite blanket, get your book or a film and enjoy every single minute of your well-deserved Hygge time.
So, what is Hygge? It’s time dedicated to YOU – to get cozy and comfortable.