As I am currently suffering with the dreaded winter cold, I decided to have a little browse on the internet for alternative cures to the usual pills and potions (don’t you know its always a good idea to self diagnose?!).
That is when I stumbled upon the concept known as Hygge, pronounced “heurgha” and first documented in 18th century Denmark. Whilst the word doesn’t literally translate, it has been said that it is closely related to the word “hug”.
A good definition for Hygge is “The complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things.”
It is considered a well known fact, that Danes are apparently among the happiest people in the world, they also know how to ‘cosy it up’ better than anyone!
It’s no surprise then, that Hygge is an idea originating from their culture. Denmark is renowned for using lots of natural materials, such as wood and leather. They also work artfully with light, ensuring they style lamps to flood their homes with soft areas of light.
An interesting fact for you also, Danes apparently burn more candles per head, than anywhere else in Europe, according to the European Candle Association (yes, there is such a thing!).
Now if all this still doesn’t sound like your bag, then consider this, the Danes also consider Hygge as an actual cure for the common cold, I’m SOLD!
Want to know more? Well, here are a few things that are considered Hygge that you can implement in to your everyday life, some of which you probably already do and don’t realise it!
Pamper yourself! Light some candles, turn up the heat, put on some music and have a little you time. Enjoying natural products and taking time out for you, is a great way to distract yourself from the busy day to day outside world. Check out my post on Forever Aloe products to get you started!
Hot tea and other hot drinks are very Hygge, even more so when shared with friends. Take time to meet up before work, grab a quick coffee (hot chocolate for me!) and start the day with your favourite people.
Treat yourself! Enjoy cakes and pastries, forget the diet and limiting yourself, enjoy all the delectable goodness that sweet treats have to offer. Deliver confectionery to friends, invite them round to bake a cake and share a pot of tea. Maybe arrange a coffee date in a bakery at lunch time to break up your day, you’ll feel much happier for taking the time out.
Share a good wine and dinner with friends, make an event out of it, be guilt free whilst doing it! The finer things in life are there to be enjoyed, we shouldn’t feel remorse for making the most of them.
Snuggle up with a good book or take a long luxurious soak in the bath. Grab yourself some Molton Brown goodies for this one – you won’t regret it! It’s all about appreciating the little things and getting cosy with soft lighting around you.
In my eye’s, Hygge is all about surrounding yourself with the things you love. Getting cosy and switching off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sharing the things you love with friends who also love them. We do these things already, but the problem is we refer to them as a ‘treat’ or an excuse for a ‘catch up’ with friends, when really, the things we love should be a part of our everyday lives.
This is what the Danes do so well, they have made Hygge a ‘thing’, a real focus and part of their culture, so that people make a concerted effort to live in this way. Personally, I think it’s a fantastic idea, and will be flooding my apartment with friends, cake, wine and soft candle lights this winter!
How about you, are you going to get on board with the Hygge lifestyle, or do you already? Let me know!