Hygge has become somewhat of a popular new trend that is really only new for us over here in North America.. it’s an ancient Danish concept centred around finding happiness in everyday moments. Some different explanations are:
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish art of creating joy & coziness in life’s everyday moments, whatever the season or time of day. … Hygge is not about having a perfect home.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special. Hygge (or to be “hyggeligt”) doesn’t require learning “how to”, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything.
The entire concept caught my attention for sure when I first learned about it, but it wasn’t until recently that it all kind of resonated within. Maybe it’s because I live in one of the biggest and busiest cities in Canada (the biggest? I think so actually), or because my life right now has me doing a lot of different things… but the notion of establishing a feeling of community and belonging, finding happiness in everyday or the littlest of things… I just fell in love with it.
A big part of this for me is feeling home when I’m in my apartment. The entire theory around hygge is that you can’t just go buy a hygge house, hygge is not something you can purchase. It’s a feeling of comfort, coziness and sanctuary… with that being said, it did require me to start purchasing things and doing things to my apartment that gives me that feeling of being “home”.
There are some small things I’ve done so far. I replaced some cheap furniture that didn’t make me feel happy or cozy, with items that did make me feel happier and more at home. I started hanging photos and frames on my walls of pictures that bring me happy memories with people that I love. I burn candles often because it makes me feel cozy and warm. I started restocking my tea collection because what’s cozier than a warm cup of tea?
I purchased a book recently called Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness and it explains why Danish people love hygge so much, because in Norway the weather is so gross and so when they meet with people it’s inside the home most of the time and they want a comfortable place to do so. Canada’s weather is AWFUL so it’s basically the same…
I’m excited to be on this whole “quest to hygge” thing. The feeling of happiness and community is so important and taking time to be happy about the smallest things in life makes for a much happier overall life. Gah! Isn’t it such a great word/idea/theory?