If you aren’t familiar with the Danish word, Hygge (hoo-ga or hue-gah depending who you ask) describes a comforting and cozy atmosphere. Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, wrote a whole book describing hygge which is called The Little Book Of Hygge Danish Secrets To Happy Living. Many people have become interested in the idea of hygge because Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world and people are interested in uncovering their secrets. There are many books and resources, including Meik’s book, that go into great detail describing hygge and even give suggestions for how to create a hygge atmosphere in your home or workspace.
The main idea that I took away from reading this book is to keep things simple, natural, and relaxed. In addition, hygge is about being present and appreciating what you have.
Ways to experience hygge
- Stay off your phone.
- Dress comfortably.
- Drink a warm beverage.
- Light some candles.
- Host a few close friends instead of a large group.
- Keep conversations light.
- Surround yourself with things made out of wood and items from nature.
- Be humble, don’t brag.
- Slow down, avoid rushing.
- Enjoy each day.
Chances are if you follow a simple living lifestyle, you most likely have experienced hygge without realizing it.
Now, I’m going to go cuddle up on my couch with a blanket in front of my fireplace and read a book. Maybe I’ll make some hot chai to enjoy as well.