Hygge: [mass noun] A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture):
Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special.
Danes created hygge because they were trying to survive the boredom, cold, dark and sameness of their long winters. They realised that the simple things like a home cooked evening meal with friends could make a huge difference to morale and as the Danes are considered to be the happiest people in the world we think they may know a thing or two.
So with a cold snap ahead of us, avoid the winter blues and check out our top tips on how to create some hygge wellbeing in your life:
- Stay in and be warm. Get cosy and comfortable. Think wool socks, sweaters and blankets - bonus points if they're hand-knitted.
- Invite friends round. While you can hygge by yourself, being surrounded by friends or family is more in line with the spirit of hygge. So grab a cuddle buddy to snuggle with under that hand-woven blanket or invite guests to your homey feast to be more hyggelig.
- Eat comfort food. Porridge, bangers and mash, toasted tea cakes or a hearty homemade soup - whatever gives you that hygge feeling. Remember hygge food is comfort food for everyday people. It's not expensive or fancy; it's accessible, soothing and plentiful.
- Got a cold and feeling sorry for yourself? We prescribe tea and hygge.
- Go for a country walk and then pop into a country pub afterwards for that warm glow. Check here for inspiration.
- Play board games – If you didn’t get your fill at Christmas why not get the monopoly out or plan an evening of card games.
- Drink hot glogg. Glogg is fortified spiced wine often sweetened with sugar and adorned with spices and fruits but if it doesn't float your boat, coffee, tea or cocoa are suitable hygge substitutes.
- Hope for snow or a storm. What better excuse will you have for feeling warm and cosy indoors?
- Watch scary TV. Watching scary TV shows or movies can increase hygge as long as it's fictional. (Watching the news is definitely not hygge.) Think crime dramas, fantasy epics and ghost stories.
- Lose yourself in a good book .Check out some good reads.
- Bake a cake or if you’re feeling lazy visit a bakery and treat yourself.
- Make a pot of tea the proper way – and don’t forget to warm the pot!
We guarantee you'll feel better!