For a few months now I have been seeing the word Hygge (pronounced HUE-gah) being spoken about more and more on Twitter and Instagram. I wasn’t really sure what it meant but a quick google search told me that Hygge is all about enjoying life’s simple pleasures and it originates from the word for wellbeing in Norway. I have also seen Hygge described as the “art of being cosy” which I am allll about this time of year!
I went to my local Waterstones to find out more. There were 6 or 7 books all devoted to Hygge, and the assistant told me that it is becoming increasingly popular in the UK having already been a key part of Danish culture for hundreds of years. Seeing as the Danes are regularly rated as one of the happiest countries in the world, I wanted to know more about their secret to happiness.
The book I decided to go for was “The little book of Hygge” by Meik Wiking (link below) and the reason I went for this one was because the author is the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. My logic being that I might be able to find out some of the scientific evidence behind the benefits of Hygge. I was not dissapointed with my choice of book, as the author provides loads of interesting facts and figures about Hygge. I also loved the beautiful pictures included.
The main thing I liked about this book was the countless hints and tips on how to embrace Hygge in your day to day life. My favourite thing about embracing Hygge is the fact that it really makes you mindful to the beautiful everyday occurrences that we can all sometimes take for granted. Hygge is that hot shower after coming in from the freezing rain, that first cup of coffee in the morning, watching the world go by from your window or getting together with friends to watch your favourite TV show…
Here are some of my favourite tips for introducing a little more Hygge into your life:
1. Light some candles
The Danes apparently light the most candles out of every country in Europe, with most people lighting more than five candles at a time, every day! The soft glow of candlelight is perfect for helping us to unwind and to set a cosy atmosphere.
2. Turn off your phone
Take the time to really be in the moment and appreciate the time you have. Maybe try not using your phone at set times.
3. Get comfy
Hygge is all about feeling comfortable and safe. Use this as an excuse to get out your favourite throws and bed socks. I recently bought a ridiculously fluffy dressing gown and as soon as I put it on, I feel instantly chilled.
4. Use a slow cooker
There is a lot of happiness to be gained from the preparation of food. Being able to get in from work to an already prepared meal is a total bonus during the Winter. Plus it gives you something to look forward to during the day.
5. Play a boardgame
These days its all about games on our phones or consoles so it can be a nice to go back to boardgames we all know and love. It’s a great activity to do as a group and it can also be a nice chance to reminisce about playing these games during our childhood.
These were some of my favourite tips that I will definetly be putting into action over the Winter months. I’d love to hear if you have any tips for embracing Hygge! Get in touch below, or find me on Instagram here or Twitter here.
The little book of Hygge: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Book-Hygge-Danish-Penguin-ebook/dp/B01EXVIW06