Good afternoon! I hope that your week is going well so far. We are having a heat wave so the air is back on and the shorts are out. Are you experiencing the same crazy weather?
In the meantime I am am curious, do you know what hygge is? I have been seeing a lot of books about this subject lately and I was wondering if I was the only one who did not know what it was?
For those of you who are like me and did not know the meaning of hygge, pronounced hoo-gah, it is basically the Danish concept of nesting. The word roughly translates to cosiness and conviviality, but it encompasses your entire attitude about life. Some say it is hygge that makes the people of Denmark the happiest on earth.
Although hygge is a concept practiced at any time it really comes it to its own during the harsh winter months. Keep in mind that the winters are long and cold in Denmark, it is dark for 17 hours so making yourself cozy, and happy is one of the best ways to get through it. Candles, dinners with friends and family, slowing down and enjoying life, sharing and appreciating the big and small things in life with those we love, savoring a cup of coffee alone or with others, a good book by the fire wrapped in a warm blanket, snuggling your pups, all of this is hygge.
If you would like to create a little hygge in your home this winter here are a few things you can do:
Invest in some candles, they say that Denmark it the second largest consumer of candles, Austria is first.
Slow down and relax, read, and savor your surroundings.
Get a comfy throw to snuggle in.
Invite friends and family for simple meals, maybe even a pot luck. Remember, it is not about a big production but about being together.
You can also practice hygge by baking something scrumptious and sharing with friends.
Bundle up and get out and appreciate the beauty of nature, then come home and enjoy a cup of coco or coffee in a favorite mug.
What do you think? Do you like the concept? Do you practice hygge already?
Have a great day!