Pronounced “hoo-ga,” this Danish concept does not have a single word meaning. It encompasses a feeling of cozy, fuzzy and well-being through the simple things in life. Care to explain more? Yes, we will. Imagine sitting curled up on your couch on a cold winter day enjoying that book you’ve been wanting to read all summer long. You’ve just experienced Hygge without even knowing it.
It is such an important part of being Danish that it is considered “a defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA,” according to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of ‘The Little Book Of Hygge’
“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.” – Meik
The Little Book of Hygge introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish life and offers advice and ideas on incorporating it into your own life, such as:
- Get comfy. Take a break.
- Be here now. Turn off the phones. (staring at your phone is so not hygge!)
- Turn down the lights. Bring out the candles.
- Build relationships. Spend time with your tribe.
- Give yourself a break from the demands of healthy living. Cake is most definitely Hygge.
- Live life today, like there is no coffee tomorrow.
How do you practice hygge in the summer? Danes practice this concept year round. Like picnics in the park, cooking with friends and family, backyard dinner parties, bonfires and outdoor movie nights. Basically, everything that doesn’t involve staring at your screens.
Here are some examples to get your life hygge-fied:
Source: Country Living