Want to Feel Happier? Get Your Danish On

by editor

Have you been hearing about this hygge concept recently and wondering what it is? Us too. Turns out, hygge (pronounced hue-gah or hoo-ga) is a lovely Danish word meaning a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.

Sounds like something we could all use a little more of these days, so here’s our round up of the best articles for bringing more hygge into our lives.

How To Hygge (Or: 29 Ways To Actually Enjoy Winter) from the lovely Sarah von Bargen at Yes and Yes
“Pulling out your favorite soup recipes and a pile of cozy sweaters. Lighting candles around the house and inviting friends over for sledding and board games. Snowshoeing through a forest muffled with snow, towards a bright cabin full of your favorite people When we put it like that, six months of dark and cold seems almost …. pleasant.”

Finding Hygge from our new favorite UK magazine, The Simple Things

“Appreciating what we have and where we live, embracing being indoors, cosy and comfortable together — a hygge life. Let your mind wander while you sit; make the case for adventure, for exploring the unfamiliar, for strange languages, for the mountains and for the stars and where they could lead you.”

Danish ‘Hygge’ is the Perfect Antidote to Winter Gloom from the experts on long winters in Minnesota
“People are getting tired of looking at their screens. We have become a society that is constantly looking at iPads, even in the company of other people. This is a counter to that. You are not sitting there on your iPhone when you’re have a hyggelig get-together.”

9 Ways to Create the Perfect Hygge Home by Katie Macquire at Well + Good
“In fact, by its very definition hygge literally translates into “the feeling of being home”—and can be attained simply by doing those things that make you feel happy and comfortable. But if you’re looking for a little more direction, there are a few key pieces that will help cozy up your digs.”

The Art of Danish Hygge from the source, VisitDenmark

“Oxford Dictionaries even shortlisted hygge as one of their Words of the Year 2016! But what is hygge really? Are candles hygge? Woolly socks? As our guide Anna discovers, there’s much more to the unique Danish concept of hygge.”

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