What Is Hygge And Why Should You Care?
Hygge is pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’. I had heard this word a few years ago when we were visiting Copenhagen, but I never took much notice of it. Experiencing hygge is easy to do. Now if only we could all pronounce it. Properly. LOL.
Hygge, the word that is becoming increasingly recognisable around the world was originally a Norwegian term for well-being, derived from the Norwegian term, hugga; meaning “to comfort” or “to console,” which is related to the English word “hug.” The word is used today to describe a feeling or mood created by taking pleasure in making everyday moment special.
Who “created” Hygge And Why?
Danes created hygge because they were trying to survive boredom. A way for them to find moments to break up the day and make good moments. With so many cold, dark days, it was important to find a way to lift spirits and enjoy beautiful moments. Who wouldn’t want to turn a crap day into something positive?
The Danish Lifestyle Trend
Hygge has been around for centuries and is not a new concept. It is now “trending” all over Europe, the United States and the world as many books have recently been published on it.
If you’ve ever enjoyed reading a book indoors on a rainy Sunday or a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day, then you’ve experienced hygge without even knowing it.
Here in Austria, our closest word to experiencing hygge is gemütlichkeit.
What Time Is Best For Experiencing Hygge?
Anytime you want! There is no rule, no time.
For me, Winter is the best time of the year to hygge. Don’t you love snuggling under cozy covers, reading a book, and just taking time for yourself?A fireplace makes the experience that much better! I love it.
Experiencing hygge on a daily basis really speaks to me because it allows you to savour the good moments. I love being under cozy blankets and covers. I feel warm and safe. It helps me to relax and clear my mind.
You might be enjoying hygge without even being conscious of it.
Get out your candles, warm slippers, woven textiles, delicious sweet and savoury pastries, sheepskin rugs, and cappuccinos, or hot chocolate. Austria, my home has been named the most liveable city for 7 times in a row!
But the Danes have one up on us – they remain the world’s happiest people. Does this come from being able to hygge during the long dark winter months?
The 10 Words Most Used To Describe Hygge
- Cosiness Familiarity
- Contentedness Serenity
- Happiness Reassurance
- Comfort Care
- Simplicity Security
Experiencing Hygge At Home
Spend nights indoors with friends having a game night with a nice dinner, relaxing, talking and eating.
Put the technology away. No tv or phones and just enjoy each other’s company.
I love the idea of uplifting and encouraging others so spend some time with a person you may not have seen in a while. Reconnect and strengthen your relationship. It will do both of you good.
Candles & Lights
Need I say more? Purchase some nice scented candles and enjoy calm and relaxation.Warm lights in the room can also help you to relax and enjoy the calm mood.
Download your free printable of the Top 5 Aromatherapy Scents For Relaxation And Their Benefits at the end of this post.
I love mint and ginger tea because they have high nutritional value as well as excellent health-promoting quality. Ginger tea also reduces stress levels.
The calming effect from the tea helps to reduce physical and mental stress which in turn is great for the mind, body and soul.
Jessica Gavin has a great recipe for Ginger Lemon Mint Tea on her website. It’s delish!
Do you enjoy mulled wine? Here we call it Glühwein, pronounced “glue – vine”, I know sounds kind of off, but it will warm you up and is great for experiencing hygge. Don’t buy the cheap kind or the premade ones.
Make your own. Here is a great recipe for Swedish Glögg (mulled wine) for you to try.
Experiencing hygge is all about relaxation and not overdoing things. Set up your surroundings but do overdo it, no need for renovations, or any large purchases. On iTunes you can download some classical music – I love listening to the Bolero when relaxing.
Put on your pyjamas or loungewear and be as luxurious or relaxed as you personally wish.
Hygge definitely encourages a more close and intimate time with yourself, friends, family – all loved ones.
If you are not familiar with this concept, I hope this post gives you the inspiration and motivation to do something for yourself today, or over the weekend.
Relax and enjoy life’s moments. The simple things in life are hygge.
Have you been experiencing hygge without even knowing it?
Share your reaction, thoughts, or hygge moments or suggestions with me in the comments section below!
Excited to learn something from you! Have a peaceful week.
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