What Hygge is really all about?

What Hygge is really all about?

Hello everyone!

In my latest post I wrote about a few things I loved the  first week of the new year. If you have read my post, surely you remember mentioning a new place I have added in my travel bucket list, Copenhagen in Denmark. The reason for this sudden love for a new destination has been the book “The Little Book Of Hygge”. According to the book author Meik Wiking, CEO of the happiness research institute in Copenhagen, hygge is the main reason why Denmark is often said to be among the happiest countries in the world. But what hygge is really all about?

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What

The word hygge originates from the Norwegian language and the original word in Norwegian means  ”well-being”. Well, hygge can be this very moment you are reading this post and even if you don’t know it you can feel it. It can be seating at a warm corner of your home, drinking a hot cup of chocolate, having lit up candles around you, reading an exciting book, feeling calm and euphoria, feeling just the hygge state.

Hygge is mostly about experiences and situations rather than things. However, things help or better yet contribute to the feeling of warmth, a kind of safety and security. It gives you the sense of being exactly where things happen, you are open and enjoying the little and beautiful things in life. Makes you feel the harmony that bonds you with your loved ones, your friends and family and on the other hand you feel no disturbance nor anxiety. You feel relaxed and cool and at the same time you enjoy the moment without guilt (and when you do nothing at all). Even that in the end can be hygge!

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How

You can get to hygge state in various ways and the things that usually help and contribute to that are: the right lighting (many small or bigger candles in your space, a lamp with the right light flow), a nice environment (the dining table where the family would gather in the evening or a little cozy coffee shop), good food and drinks and finally the intimacy with our loved ones (moments with friends eating or playing cards or board games or just watching together our favorite movie or TV series).

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Where-When

Of course hygge is not only about feeling good indoors and in specific seasons. Any time of year is suitable. As well as any place where you can be with loved ones and share moments and create memories, are places to experience hygge. One might think hygge factor is expensive but in fact most important things in life don’t need enormous amounts of money to get them. You only need to know how to appreciate the little treasures on life!

If with all you read so far you would like to reach hygge state then you can easily start practicing by making your home attractive to hygge. According to Miek there are 10 things that will make your home more hygellig: {A nook, a fireplace, candles, things made out of wood, nature, books, ceramics, think tactile, vintage, blankets and cushions.}

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You can even create a hygge emergency kit for the days or nights you are feeling down and need to pamper your self. Miek recommends:  {candles, good-quality chocolate, your favorite tea, your favorite book, your favorite film or box set of your favorites series, jam, a good pair of woollen socks, a selection of your favorite letters, a notebook, a nice blanket, paper and pen, music and a photo album.}

Well, what do you think about hygge? Have you read the book yet? Have you ever experienced a hygge state or felt hygge? Share your thoughts with us and let us know in the comment section below. And by the way, in case of hygge emergency what would you put in your kit?

As always, thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Helene.

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44 Comments

  1. January 15, 2017 / 12:53 am

    Very intersting post!!! Hygge could become my mantra for the 2017..
    Happy new year dear Helene❤️️

    • January 15, 2017 / 10:54 am

      Thank you so much Tiziana, glad you liked it! Happy New Year to you as well! xo xo

  2. January 16, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    My mother has always been a hygge creator by nature and I love nothing more than living those moments and feelings, and now creating them in my own home. Meik Wiking has taken UK by the storm with the book and it’s on my reading list for sure.

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Thank you Karoliina! You should definitely read it, you will love it.

  3. January 16, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    That book is definitely on my reading list! I’d love to learn more about this whole ‘hygge’ thing haha:D

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Thank you my dear Jasmin, hope you can find some time to read it soon.

  4. January 16, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Lovely post! Must read that book, I agree that lots of cushions and blankets make your home more hygellig.

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Elizabeth!

  5. January 16, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I haven’t read the book and I most certainly didn’t know that hygge is a thing nowadays. Thank you for sharing this post, I learned a lot about this hygge. Actually, I’m very tempted to make that hygge kit 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you Leta, i am glad that i have inspired you a little about Hygge!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you for your warm comment Ivana!

  6. January 17, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Hygge state seems so wonderful, I first heard of it in one of your posts Things I love this week, and ever since I started working on it. Even though when I study I want to feel relaxed so I started by recreating my work space and I stopped studying in the last minute (read night before the test).

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      I true believe that a beautiful and relaxed place around us can make us feel more creative and relaxed as well. Thank you for your warm comment dear.

  7. Catherine Renton
    January 17, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Great post! I have the audiobook on my phone and this has given me the kick I needed to start listening 🙂

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      Glad to hear that Catherine! Thank you for stopping by!

  8. Oindrila
    January 18, 2017 / 8:05 am

    I gotta read this book. Would be a guide to me. 😀

  9. January 18, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Very interesting read. I should implement hygge in my life 🙂

  10. January 18, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I never heard of hygge before. Even though I am located in Stockholm Sweden. Interesting to see the cultural things in Scandinavia. I have to dig into what hygge is more. Thanks for inspiring me!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      I am sure you gonna love it! Thank you for stopping by Sabine.

  11. Irina
    January 19, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Wonderful presentation! I am going to read it for sure. xo xo

  12. January 19, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Interesting post! Relaxing and enjoying the little peaceful moments is so important when life might otherwise be quite busy. Have a hyggefull 2017! 🙂

    Nora / http://dreamerachiever.com

  13. January 19, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    I just downloaded a Kindle book about Hygge last night and then I stumble on this post! I think the universe is definitely trying to tell me something. This whole concept speaks to me on such a deep level. My kids are begging for us to figure out how to move to Denmark of Sweden some day. I think it might be a good idea to visit first. 😉

  14. January 19, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Very interesting!! I need to read this book and share it as well cause I often feel anxious and guilty when I do nothing or procrastinate! sometimes i should learn to sit back, relax and feel the hygge!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo, Margot
    http://thepastelproject.com/

  15. January 19, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    I have never heard of hygge before! I love your ideas. Your photos are also beautiful and super relaxing.

  16. Neha kumari
    January 19, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    I love books and this going to be a good read.

  17. Leanie Foot
    January 19, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post of yours. I must admit mine would be reading a book while i’m in bed and having a chocolate to chew on while i read. If my environment are organize then i also feel like that, but at the moment that’s not the case.

  18. January 19, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    As someone who hates winter, I’ve really been trying to embrace hygge this year. Guess I need to check out this book!

  19. January 19, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    What an intriguing read! Thanks so much, I had no idea about it! I need another book to read!

  20. January 20, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Great explanation! I’ve been seeing this term everywhere, but haven’t had it explained so well. I probably feel it most when hiking/forest bathing. ;-0

  21. January 20, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Now that you reminded me that Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world, I should probably pack my bags and move there…!!! Just yesterday I got an email from a travel site that had such beautiful photos of Copenhagen that made me feel so relaxed! But since I can’t leave right now, the next best thing is to hygge! I have many candles, wooden furniture, a cozy blanket and a cup of hot tea, so it’s a good start, right? 🙂

  22. January 20, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Sounds interesting. I would love to read that book to know more about this whole hygge thing. Thanks for sharing

  23. January 21, 2017 / 3:51 am

    Aww nice, you learn something new everyday! 2017 started off so busy for me but finally getting the time to unwind and get my Hygge on this weekend 😉 Hope I used the word correctly!

  24. March 11, 2017 / 2:22 am

    Love this! I just bought this book and I am in love! Your photos are beautiful and I also have Denmark on my bucket list 🙂

  25. August 30, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m curious about the book now – great post

  26. August 30, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    I love your blog layout first off. Second, you make me so nostalgic reading this!! Hygge – what a well written post!! <3 http://www.svadore.com

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