Hygge, pronounced ‘hooga’, could be defined in a number of ways, such as:
- ‘the art of creating intimacy’
- creating a soothing atmosphere
- ‘cocoa by candlelight’
In Canada, we have our own concept of hygge. We call it: ‘hominess’. Other cultures have similar concepts.
Actually, the idea of hygge goes back a long way, to Denmark in the early 1800s, but the word is originally Norwegian.
Here are 10 aspects of hygge:
- Presence (switch off your phone)
- Pleasure (coffee, chocolate etc.)
- Equality (‘we over me’)
- Gratitude (this is as good as it gets)
- Harmony (‘no need to brag about your accomplishments’)
- Comfort (warm blankets, sheepskin rugs)
- Truce (‘let’s discuss politics another day’)
- Togetherness (build relationships, connection)
- Shelter (bask in the comfort of your home, however humble)
Hopefully, you enjoyed a little ‘hyggeness’ during the holidays. But you can enjoy hygge anytime, though winter is especially ‘hygge-like’. (Think cups of cocoa sipped in front of the fireplace.)
Let us all bring a little more hygge into our lives,
PS If you really want to get into hygge, see Meik Wiking’s book ‘The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well’ (Penguin, 2016).