Stress & Self-Care

Hygge: Small Word, Big Meaning

Is it possible that an entire concept which is missing (or fading) from our frenetic, technology-driven lives can be summed up in just 5 letters? I think perhaps it can. The word is hygge, and it’s Danish.

Photos: freeimages.com

Photos: freeimages.com

You might see a direct translation as cosiness, but hygge goes much further than that. It encompasses the idea of a cosy atmosphere, yes, but it also means enjoying life’s good, simple pleasures with good people. Think log fires, close friends, hot drinks, gentle conversation. Or indeed a great book. Think of lighting a candle and taking a few moments to just be still, perhaps with a blanket or cat on your knees.

Kim Leuenberger

Photo: Kim Leuenberger

Denmark has incredibly long, dark winters and yet was just ranked the happiest country in the world.

The Year of Living DanishlyI bet hygge has a lot to do with this. Depending where you live, spring may or may not be emerging. Regardless, I think we could all benefit from a little more hygge in our life. To find out more, there’s a great article here, a book: The Year of Living Danishly, and loads of wonderful inspiration on this blog and Pinterest.

Photo credits: DavyBoy79, Allen P. Beilschmidt, Patricia Yliniemi, Kim Leuenberger.


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