What The Heck Is Hygge?
Some of us are born to go out exploring . . . and then there are homebodies. Those of us who live to be staring out our windows, looking out on the world, are people who feel best surrounded by our familiar space. We live for comfort and peace, and though we enjoy the occasional break in the monotony, we are never as happy as we are when curled up on our very own couches. Unbeknownst to most of us, there is a term to describe this: the need to be comforted and keep ourselves cozy in the house. It’s called Hygge.
The Origins of Hygge
Undoubtedly, you’re asking yourself what the heck hygge is by now. Obviously, this isn’t English terminology. It is a Danish concept that focuses on simplicity and the “little things” in life that are special. These little things can be as simple as a favorite blanket, a warm mug of tea in our hands, or a favorite cup. Hygge is all about the comfortable life; it’s not opulent and decadent in the way we traditionally think of these qualities. Hygge focuses on a comfortable old sweater versus an expensive new trench. Rather than store bought goods, one might find comfort in a tried and true recipe, handed down on family notecards. There is a decadence to eating a dish that reminds you of home and warm memories there. An opulence to wearing a simple piece of jewelry that is a family heirloom. This is hygge at its very finest.
While we’re on our Danish lesson, it is time for one more word: hyggeligt. Hyggeligt is the adjective version of the word hygge. So one might describe an evening as having been hyggeligt or “cozy.” During a hyggeligt evening, you are relaxing with your friends, and enjoying their company. There is no discussion of unpleasant things, no bickering over politics, no ranting over the latest drama in the news cycle. Light some candles, take in a wonderful evening of nothing but soaking in each other’s presence. This isn’t your normal swinging high voltage house party. This is a low lit, quiet gathering where you share pleasant memories and make new ones.
How do I get more hygge in my home?
First you want to focus on simplicity. This means letting go of some of the things you think you need in order to remain entertained. It might mean sitting your screens down and just talking to someone for once. Do I have any more suggestions? Glad you asked, because in the next few posts, we are going to talk all about how to get into the wonderful world of hygge. Whether it is a warm blanket, a beautiful mug, or an amazing evening over the dinner table with friends, there are a few easy ways to implement hygge into your life. I hope you’re ready to settle in and get cozy. I hope you’re as excited as I am!