24 October, 2016


It's a concept that's been going around for some time now: "hygge". Pronounced /ˈhyɡ̊ə/, with a /u/ sound like the French word une. Translated as 'cosy', yet this translation does not carry the entire weight and cultural meaning of the word. However, what is considered as cosy or snug is probably also hygge. But, where does it come from and why is it so popular nowadays? 
Hygge is a Danish word, and a very important one as well. The Danes are very big on hygge and use the word a lot. In fact, the things I remember mostly about my visit to Denmark in 2015 are their way of life and how everything feels very natural, real and just plain comfortable (this of course contrary to their less attractive weather conditions 70% of the time).After reading Meik Wiking's The Little Book Of Hygge, a few things have become clear. Things that are hygge: candles, snuggly blankets, hot drinks, home-made food, bonfires, board games, reading a good book, hand-written letters, hikes in nature, woolen socks, family activities, gatherings with friends. In short: all things that warm your heart.You can imagine why this concept is something to ponder on and practice in your own life. In our fast-paced, ever changing world, it is nice to sometimes sit back and enjoy. Not only is it nice, it is also vital for our health.With the cold winter months ahead of us, I'll definitely try to add a little hygge to my life: I'll light more candles, read more books, drink tea, bake with my family and friends and just enjoy life, without feeling guilty.What's your idea of a hygge activity?