What Is Hygge?

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.

Published by Suzanne- Happily Decluttered

Hi!! My name is Suzanne and I live in central PA with my husband and three girls. I love yoga, pickleball, camping, spending time with my family, and decluttering!

16 thoughts on “What Is Hygge?

  1. I love the inclusion of the idea of staying humble. Hygge is not only a way to physically simplify but to be modest in attitude too. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Wow, your site went through a makeover, huh? Couldn’t recognise it for a bit. Looking good though!

    Anyway, thanks for clueing me in on the pronunciation. Have heard of this term, but always said it as ‘hee-geh’ in my head.

    And as someone who loves the simplistic way of life, these are right up my alley. But I have to say that leaving my devices behind is something that I’ll need to practice. Though I also think it’d benefit my life tremendously to do so.

    Love your topics as always, Suzanne!

    1. I’m glad you like the changes I made to my website. I’ve been wanting to start my own business and one of your recent posts inspired me to take action, so voila, updated website!

      When I first started leaving my phone behind I just made little changes. For example, I would leave it in the car when I when would run in somewhere for a quick errand. Over time I found it easier and easier to be without it. I think you would enjoy the freedom it creates.

  3. I am curious to know if shopping goes against hygge. If we are living simpler, more intentional lives, should we avoid being overly materialistic? I cut down on 80% of shopping and have experienced this “inner peace” as a result, so I wonder if the Danish prefer to use what they have rather than shop to fill an empty void.

      1. Thanks for replying! 🙂 For me, that would be decluttering and cutting down on the amount of stuff I own. Too much stuff causes anxiety for me. Yes, I feel like a lot of ppl make that assumption! Peaceful atmosphere to my daughter means owning 100 stuffed animals and filling up her room to the brim 😂

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