Pronounced ‘Hue-gah’ rather than ‘Higgy’ and all the rage right now is the Danish way of seeing and feeling the beautiful pleasure of everyday things and rituals. There’s something wonderful in being aware that everything in its moment can be special. It’s all about loving the simple pleasures in life, which brings with it a great sense of wellbeing.
While there’s no direct translation in English, you can conjure up the mood of ‘Hygge’ by thinking of cosiness, intimacy, comfort, indulgence and happiness! It sounds divine and right now is the perfect time to create some ‘Hygge’ in your home. Enjoy British winter time and the warm glow that Christmas leaves us with.
Everyday moments can be easily transformed and elevated. The simple act of lighting a candle and making your space considered and personal will transform your relaxation time. Create cosiness in your home by draping a thick woollen throw over the arm of a sofa and accessorise with cushions for a burst of vibrant colour.
It’s the touches of unique personality that create cosiness, artfully arranged photos and images create a special space, utilise creative typography to soften cold walls for a space that will welcome you home at night. Remember to light some candles, wrap yourself up in that blanket and drink a warming cup of hot chocolate with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.
On cold dark mornings, the simple act of creating a pleasurable breakfast or ‘cuppa’ ritual with your favourite mug and a favourite selected tea or special coffee will uplift your morning. Add an artisan honey or specially selected fruits to a slowly made bowl of porridge, this means that you’re acknowledging your day rather than greeting it begrudgingly, half asleep. Enjoy the act of every little moment and transform daily chores into an art form.
Cooking an evening meal, slowly, with care and consideration and dressing the table with a little extra thought will make ‘just another evening meal’ a memorable moment and will nourish both body and soul. Put on your apron, bake a homely cake and turn and afternoon cuppa into an afternoon tea ritual.
Bring some nature into your home with little touches of green herbs and plants. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs all look and smell lovely whilst being incredibly practical. It’s lovely to be able to add fresh herbs and vegetables to your meals along with having the great sense of achievement that comes with growing them yourself.
Adorn your home with tea lights for a warm glow, fairy lights are not just for Christmas, in the darker months they add sparkle and magic to your home.
The Danish are the happiest people in the world so they must certainly be on to something special with this art of simplicity. Go get some ‘Hygge’ in your life and your days will never be the same. A better quality of life awaits when you can find enjoyment in everything!
If you want some advice on how to live 'Hygge' here are some good book recommendations to help you achieve it.