Hygge – The Danish secret to happiness.
Hygge – pronounced hoo-gah (like cougar) – is a Danish word that has become somewhat of a buzz word in recent times. Denmark is a country that frequently tops the lists of the happiest countries in the world, despite having one of the coldest and darkest climates. Hygge is considered to be an important part of their cultural identity and essential element to daily life. Could the Danish secret to happiness be their concept of hygge?
With it origins meaning well-being, it not an easy word to translate, and has been described in a number of ways; cosiness, comfort, togetherness. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. A cosy night at home is hygge. Spending time with friends and family – that’s hygge too.
Some elements considered essential to a sense of hygge are; cosy lighting, warm lamps and lit candles. Taking pleasure and indulging in good food. Making your home beautiful and comfortable. Quality time with family and friends. Being present in the moment and appreciating the smaller things.
Why not try adding a little hygge to your life this winter? Add a few cosy blankets to your couch and burn some candles around your home. Catch up more regularly with your family and friends. Instead of just checking in via social media, arrange to catch up with that friend you haven’t seen for a while for coffee and cake at Café 22 or come have a family dinner at blu bistro. We hope your winter is hygge-full!