Hygge - What does it mean?
Hygge is a Danish Secret not so secret anymore. Hygge makes the world a better place. Want to know HOW? Keep reading...
Hygge - What is it?
It is the wellness trend originating from the world’s happiest nation - Denmark.
It stands for a cozy way of living - a celebration of simple pleasures. It dates back to the 18th century and is loosely connected to the English word - hug.
According to Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, it is a Norwegian word meaning well-being. Meik wrote the book The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...' You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.'
Hygge is a Danish Secret not so secret anymore
It is the Danish Secret to Happiness
As the happiest people in the world, the Danes know how to create happiness with simplicity. IKEA is an example of the simple, cosy, comfortable home furnishings many love so much. Candles and soft lighting are key to creating Hyyge. They also make you look warm and fuzzy!
Hygge is about embracing things – enjoying cake, not checking work emails all weekend, spending time with friends and family. It’s about the simple, small pleasures that make life great, which perhaps sometimes pass us by. Hygge is a cup of coffee in front of the fire, cashmere bed socks, dinner with friends, eating ice cream, a dog asleep at your feet, hot chocolate or, of course, savouring a glass of red wine.
"Hygge is the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming"
Happiness is what everyone wants more of, so it's time to get our Hygge On!
Let's begin by learning how to actually pronounce the word correctly. Here is a video to help with that.
How to pronounce Hygge
Youtube - Hygge
Here is another great video showing many things that are Hygge
Time to get our Hygge ON!
Create more Happiness the Hygge way!
The simple life is free of much of the stress we carry around as we rush through life. Take some time for YOU. Find a quiet spot to unwind with your favourite beverage. Savour the taste of that delicious hot chocolate or glass of wine - GUILT FREE.
The next time you find yourself feeling frazzled - STOP - take a deep breath or better yet get outdoors and sit quietly in the grass or by the river or at an outdoor cafe with friends, and......
Get your Hygge Happening~Embrace Simplicity
Lee Pryke, Happiness/Inuitive Coach, Author, Artist