Last winter, hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) became a trend, seeing hoards of us buying blankets and candles in an effort to have more ‘hygge’-like houses.
But what does hygge really mean? And why should it be more than an interiors trend?
The word hygge comes from Denmark and is used to acknowledge a feeling or moment that is ‘cosy, charming or special’. It is also referred to by some as ‘the art of creating intimacy’.
It doesn’t require you to buy anything or make your house look a certain way. Instead what it requires is a sense of mindfulness and an ability to savour a moment.
You can feel this way when you’re alone, under a blanket reading your favourite book alone or when you’re eating delicious food with 10 friends.
The Danes created hygge to help them cope with long dark days. Taking a moment to savour a cup of coffee in the morning, listen to music while sitting by the fire or meeting friends for a mulled wine can make a huge difference.
Essentially hygge is about creating light and warmth in a season when light and warmth is scarce.
This winter, stop worrying about buying the perfect nordic-looking blanket for that ‘hygge’ instagram shot. Instead come back to the original meaning of the word. Be aware of the light moments, the warm moments. Notice them, savour them.
Moments of hygge to take note of:
- Your morning tea/coffee – don’t gulp it down on your way to work, take time to enjoy it.
- After-work drinks at the pub – find a cosy spot and enjoy mulled wine with colleagues.
- Home-cooked meals – set the table, light candles and enjoy some quality time with the family.
- Alone time – stop scrolling through your phone! Get a blanket, dim the lights and read your favourite book (or watch some Netflix. We’re pretty sure Netflix is hygge…).