Sunday, 21 October 2018

I'm In Love With Hygge

I know I’m a bit late to the game, but…I am in love with Hygge. 

I was familiar with the concept and knew it sounded exactly like something I would like, but I just never got around to properly looking into it before.

I’ve almost finished reading the The Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wiking and I feel like it could have been called All Of The Things Laura Loves, by Laura.

Meik works at the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark, which just sounds like the absolute dream job. Being paid to figure out what makes you happy, yes please.

It’s very fitting that the institute is in Denmark as the Danes are often voted the happiest people in the world. And that’s even with paying some of the highest taxes.

A lot of this happiness comes from their focus on Hygge, a word that was added to the Oxford dictionary in June 2017.

Don’t ask me how to pronounce it, because I’m still not certain and everyone I know says it differently. I say it like ‘high-gee’ and I’m going to stick with it.

Hygge can be hard to explain, but it’s associated with coziness and a feeling of intimacy. 

Recently the rain was pouring down outside on a Saturday, but I was not upset. Instead I put on the heating, wrapped up under a blanket and watch a few movies, while eating chocolate of course.

This is Hygge, and I was in my element.

Building a nook to read in, building a fireplace, eating cake, lighting candles, reading a good book, cosy-ing up under blankets, all of these are hygge.

Hygge is built into the Danish way of life, but it really kicked off world wide towards the end of 2016, according to Google trends. 

In The Little Book Of Hygge, Meik delves into what makes life hygge. 

It covers light, togetherness, food, drink, clothing, home and Christmas, amongst a few other things.

According to the book lighting should include lots of candles and lamps, low pockets of light scattered around the room instead of one big bright light. 

Since reading this I have purchased two new lamps for the living room (and I am going to go on another candle spree very soon, any excuse to get more candles) and it feels so cosy.

Autumn is my favourite season of the year, I have a list as long as my arm as to why. And I’m quite tall, so that’s a long arm.

Turns out this is the Danes favourite season too as it fits in perfectly with hygge.

Autumn walks and warming up by the fire are very hyggelig. 

If you’re an Autumn lover then I recommend you pick up a copy of this book, or one of the other 900 books on Hygge currently sold on Amazon. 

After reading the book I became a little fixated on visiting Denmark in Autumn, so I have now booked a trip to Copenhagen in November. I am so excited!

Have you heard of Hygge before? What’s your favourite hygge moment?

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