The word Hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") is usually translated as "cosiness", but it's not just about warm lighting and candles. Hygge is a Danish word used to acknowledge a special feeling or moment. It can be alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary but is always cozy, charming or special. It literally only requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present.
Another definition of hygge is “an art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends and your home). While there’s no one English word or simple definition to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, contentedness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.
Danes created hygge because they were trying to survive boredom, cold, dark and sameness. The undefinable feeling of hygge was a way for them to find moments to celebrate, acknowledge and break up the mundane or harsh. With so many cold, dark, days, the simple act of lighting a candle and enjoying a cup of coffee in a special cozy chair could make a huge difference to one’s spirit.
By creating simple rituals without effort such as brewing real tea with a little china cup every evening, the Danes see both the domestic and personal life as an art form and not every drudgery to get away from. They incorporate hygge into their daily life, so it becomes a natural extension rather than a forced and stressful event.
The start of living a hygge life is to simplify and slow down. Isn’t that just perfect for our current world state where we all are being forced to do this. Through the next few weeks we will highlight areas of Hygge that you can include in your daily life. From hyyge at home, hygge activities, hygge clothes and hygge foods, we will give you ideas on how to create hygge in your home!