Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.
Hygge has completely taken over last year on the build up to Christmas, encouraging us all to embrace the Danish way of things and cuddle up. To be really honest it’s pretty much what we all do at winter time to stay warm but with a little self help thrown in. Trying to get us slightly grumpy Brit’s to appreciate the little things to keep us going until the sun appears again in the spring.
I think this in-between time after the faff of Christmas is over before we all get back in to the swing of things after the New Year blow out is the perfect time. I personally always use this time for a bit of self reflection and to tidy up my life a little. So lets see what we can do to slow it down a bit and enjoy!
Really simple to start light a candle, we all have a stash in the house somewhere; last years Christmas gift forgotten or even some left over tea lights. So strike a match and turn the main light out & enjoy the evening atmosphere full of cast shadows and quiet moments.
Be safe thought if like me you have a furry child keep them out of reach or out of the room. Or there are also lights of the electric variety with Christmas just over fairy lights are in abundance & can work just as well. Hang them from a cup hook in a corner and drop it to the floor or weave around your bed head.
The simple act of lighting a candle and being aware of the moment whether its simple or special. Here are a couple of items to add to your Hygge lighting collection!
Some refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” and while it can’t be directly translated in to English there are lots of comparisons to be made to cosiness.
You can’t get any cosier than cuddling up on the sofa with friends or family. So make sure you’ve got lots of extra blankets at the ready. Invite friends over and just enjoy the company away from the cold winter weather outside.
If like me you have a technology heavy day to day, there can become a major disconnection from ordinary home tasks making them in to chores with no importance behind them. Keeping yourself healthy, eating regularly or exercising are amongst the things that can fall by the wayside. Hygge is about celebrating reality and being present and transforming the ordinary into a moment to recognise instead.
Danes are often cited as the happiest nation in the world and for good reason – they make enjoyment a priority even when just making themselves a cup of tea. So what do you think? Could you introduce the act of Hygge in to your daily routine. There is loads more to it, recipes, exercises and more with plenty of books to explain it all if you fancy giving it a go yourself.