Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish word meaning cozy and comfortable surroundings that invoke an inner sense of contentment and well-being.
Hygge has been called everything from “the art of creating intimacy,” to “the absence of annoyance,” to “cocoa by candlelight,” according to Meik Weiking, Danish author of The Little Book of HYGGE.
Hygge has been a key part of Danish culture since the early 1800’s when the word first appeared in the written language (it is derived from a Norwegian word for “well-being”). It is similar to the German concept of gemütlichkeit and the Dutch idea of gezelligheid—a warm and cozy lifestyle.
Hygge is all about making your home welcoming–and embracing life’s little moments of serenity and comfort.
Hygge involves savoring the here and now. Letting go of the hectic world around you and feeling completely relaxed.
Enjoying the simple pleasures of good food, good drink, and good company.
How to Incorporate a Little Hygge into Your Home
Add warmth through lighting- Candles are an important element for creating ambiance.
Firelight adds warmth day or night.
Softness – Whether it be from pillows, blankets, a quilt, a robe, socks, or slippers–adding plush comfort creates “instant” cozy.
What is the Aroma of Cozy? Freshly baked cookies, spiced tea, hot cocoa.
Create a hygge Nook – Make this a place you can relax, read, rest, and unwind.
Isn’t it about time we all embraced a little more hygge in our lives?