Today has been a god-awful miserable day. Most of the Atlantic provinces have been hit with a snow/ice/rain storm within the past 48 hours, and everyone is now in the clean up process. Many people in my area currently don’t have power, and restoration of the power grid may take a while it seems. So, I hope if you are amongst those effected by the storm that you stay warm and cozy in your home while waiting for life to get back to normal. That brings me to the theme of this post…
Yesterday, I stumbled upon a few mentions of the Danish idea of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) and decided to find out what exactly that meant. After reading a few articles about the concept, and putting it into practice myself – I can wholeheartedly recommend this idea as something that is a wonderful antidote to a cold, long winter – like the one we are currently experiencing! I found a great definition online during my Hygge search – which is as follows:
If I had to give hygge a true translation, I’d probably call it “leisurely charm”, meaning, it’s a moment when things are slow and at your leisure. You’re in no rush to go anywhere and better yet, you don’t feel a rush to be anywhere. There’s a sweetness, a cosiness, to what you’re doing and you just feel…. content. Whether it’s laughing with friends on a beach or drinking tea alone in the morning.
– Alex from Hygge House
Furthermore, in this blog post, Alex tells us what Hygge is not – its not a consumerist driven thing, it’s nothing you can buy – but if you feel it, you know what it is. You can read the full blog post here.
From what I can gather after my search, Hygge is the creation of a feeling of warmth and coziness that one gets from comforting surroundings, and from taking time out of the usual stressful routine to immerse oneself in the simple joys of life – such as reading a book, making a cup of tea (or coffee/hot chocolate/whatever), lighting a candle, and just taking a “time out” in an environment that brings you happiness. Hygge may mean different things to different people, but for many it mean putting on a comfy outfit, getting cozy under a blanket, lighting some lightly scented candles, and reading. I did just that last evening, and I have to say – it was great, and I can’t wait to do it again.
The business of Hygge is booming, and since last year, there has been a huge number of books published on the concept, and how to bring it to your own home. The word was also nominated for the word of the year by both the Collins and Oxford dictionaries – and has infiltrated Pinterest and Instagram. Hygge has also faced a backlash – especially in the UK, where Hyggelig products and ideas are apparently overrunning the consumer market and causing some to have Hygge burnout.
Although some skeptics call Hygge a social media concept – made for those who want to show off their lives and how perfect their homes are, I think the idea is a great one to make people love their home as it is, and take time out of our stressful lives and live in the moment more often (although I have a blog about my home, so I guess I’m biased :-)). Making your home cozy doesn’t have to be a costly process, and you don’t need to have this year’s “it” products to achieve a comfortable environment. Hygge is all about personal comfort and choice – so maybe to you, your worn-in old recliner is the most Hygge thing in the world -as are those ripped, stained sweat pants from university, and the slippers you love that the dog chewed on. You could also find Hygge in a bouquet of your favourite flowers, or a perfect cup of tea, or dinner with friends. I think by indulging in the simple joys of life, one can only be happier at the end of the day, which is something totally worth trying – in my books at least.
If you want to learn even more about Hygge, you can check out the following links:
So, what do you think? Will you try some of the concepts behind Hygge in your own home? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook!
Thanks for stopping in, hope you have a great week! 🙂