Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word to describe a feeling or moment as cozy, charming or special. It can be alone or with friends, in a home or outside, while doing something ordinary or extraordinary. Danes created hygge because they were trying to survive boredom, cold, dark and sameness. As we enter the shorter days and chill of winter, here are some thoughts on how to hygge.
There’s no one English word or simple definition to describe hygge, several can be used to describe the idea such as coziness, charm, happiness, contentedness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness. Hygge isn’t all just about candles and blankets to be cozy, but about experiences as well. The undefinable feeling of hygge was created as a way for people to find moments amidst the mundane to celebrate and be present.
You can’t buy a “hygge outdoor living space.” It takes a conscious awareness of slowing down to be present and enjoy moments. It’s a personal endeavor – to find what brings you comfort at home.