Last winter I started seeing the word hygge all over the internet paired with pretty pictures that were either restful or filled with beautiful, cozy, Scandinavian-style decor. I was intrigued. But since it seemed cuddly and, more importantly, wintery I forgot all about it until a couple weeks ago when we had our first taste of cooler weather.
From what I’ve found online, hygge is pronounced hoo-guh, so think hoo like an owl says and guh like the g sound in guide.
The Oxford Dictionary defines hygge as:
“A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).”
So think about being happy, comfortable, warm, and relaxed, while still being friendly and lively.
Two parts comfy-cozy relaxation, one part social and lively, and a garnish of comforting Nordic decor.
It’s a lifestyle, a mindset, and an environment. All blended together as one.
If that’s the way the Danish live, then I’m packing my bags and moving to Denmark.