IF YOU’RE IN DENMARK OR DANISH COMPANY ANYTIME SOON, IT MAY BE USEFUL TO KNOW THAT YOU WON’T GET FAR WITHOUT HEARING THE WORD ‘HYGGE’.
The concept of Hygge is hard to explain. It’s even harder to pronounce! By the end of this article, you’ll have the meaning of Hygge down and have five actionable ways to bring it into your life.
How is Hygge Pronounced?
Pronounced “hoo-ga,” this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cosy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.
Therefore it’s maybe not surprising that Nordic countries have ruled the world happiness rankings since the first World Happiness Report came out in 2012.
All five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) rank consistently in the top 10 based on six key criteria: freedom, generosity, health, social support, income and trustworthy governance.
The Origins of Hygge
Hygge didn’t originate in the Danish language but old Norwegian.
It first appeared in Danish writing around the end of the 18th Century and the Danes have embraced it ever since.
One great thing about hygge is that you can apply it anywhere. Danes allocate it to everything commonplace. Now that’s the way we like to live at Aubrey Bay.
5 Ways to Be More Hygge
And if you are looking for some ways to enjoy cosy contentment, or just identify ways of hygge you are practising, then these are our 5 best ways to be more Hygge.
1. Hygge and Friends
There’s nothing more satisfying and easy than sitting around a table with friends and family, enjoying food and conversation.
2. Hygge and Enjoying Simple Foods
Why spend hours cooped up in the kitchen, agonising over recipe books. Do things the Danish way and keep the food simple. A hearty stew or a comforting tea or coffee. Opt for something delicious that can be cooked with minimum fuss.
3. Hygge and Enjoying The Outdoors
It may be chilly outside but hygge can be found indoors and outdoors. Breathing fresh air and exercising is not only good for the mind and body, but it’s accessible and FREE. An all-round winner for embracing hygge.
4. Hygge and Reading a Good Book
Although hygge encompasses a feeling of familiarity and togetherness, you can still achieve it alone. There are few things more hygge than snuggling up under a blanket and getting lost in a great book.
5. Hygge and Candles
As hygge means creating a warm atmosphere, what better way to do this than by candlelight.
In wintertime, the Danes use candles regularly to create special lighting and to warm up the room
In Summertime, candles are used especially in the long summer nights when the sun has set but the warm weather still allows you to sit outside. You can be Hygge wherever you are, inside or out, with friends or alone and candles will certainly help!
At Aubrey Bay we bring you beautiful, ethical soy candles so if you’d like to get some hygge in your life, then we’ve got you covered.
And that’s our whistle-stop tour on the world of simple contentment inspired by the Danish nation. If you’re doing some of these simple acts of cosy contentment, then you’re definitely on the right track.