We should probably Hygge now.

one of my dearest friends is Danish. and i knew of her love for dark days, cosy socks and ambiance (her kitchen chairs are covered in sheep’s wool) long before i learned about this current buzzword: Hygge. Hygge: pronounced hoogah is a Norwegian word that essentially means “well-being.” it’s all about community and rest and lingering and warm inside whilst it’s cold outside. have you read about it? there are apparently NINE books being written about it this year alone- what it is, how to cultivate it. i count myself lucky that i got to experience and embrace Hygge thru my friend before we all ruin the idea by trying to systemise it. don’t get me wrong- i love a good trend and intentional living and getting glimpses into other cultures, but part of what makes something like Hygge so magical is that it is organic and happens from a deeper place in a culture or a people than we can achieve by, say, adding a candle to a room. there is no shortage of content to read about this idea, i found a couple of interesting articles below. now, let’s all add some candles to our rooms, pull up a pair of wool socks and read about how to be cosy…


 

From Clementine Daily:

HOW TO HYGGE

Editor (and UK native) SarahLou Francis explains this classic Danish living philosophy and shows us how to embrace it in our own homes and lives.

Photography: Sarah-Lou Francis

Originating from a Norwegian word meaning ‘well-being’, the definition of Hygge is somewhat open to interpretation – at it’s simplest, it means a sense of coziness, but this is only a fraction of it’s entirety. In practice, Hygge is a far more holistic approach to creating a sense of community, connection, and warmth; inviting closeness, and caring for ourselves and each other – it’s a feeling of balance cultivated in the spirit of ‘being’ not ‘having’, and an ethos that life should be savored not survived…

With autumn firmly on the door here in the UK, we wanted to share a few ideas to encourage you to think about how you might be intentional in creating your own sense of Hygge, both inside and outside the home.

GO OUTSIDE
Creating a warm atmosphere doesn’t just have to be in the home…

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From The Guardian:

Hygge – why the craze for Danish cosiness is based on a myth

With nine (nine!) books about it this year, the concept of ‘hygge’ is Denmark’s biggest export since Lego. But is it really why Danes are so happy?
A Danish family get that cosy hygge feeling for supper.
 Gemütlich, gezelligheid – convivial … a Danish family get that cosy hygge feeling for supper. Photograph: Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images

Nine books will be published this year featuring the Danish concept of hygge in their title. Such a glut brings a whiff of a bandwagon (for whose initial momentum I suspect I am partly responsible), but if the Telegraph is to be believedhygge (make a little moue and say “hoogah”), is the big new wellness trend, here with scented candles and woollen socks to make us feel better about the deaths of all those famous people this year.

It is usually claimed there is no English word for the Danes’ uncanny ability to make any situation – be it family get-together, traffic jam, or failed climate conference – cosy. Oops, there it is: cosy. That’s what hygge means. It is no great mystery, nor is it even unique to the Danes. The Germans call it gemütlich, the Dutch, gezelligheid. In English, “convivial” pretty much covers it, too…

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(content and photography from ClementineDaily.com and TheGuardian.com

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