There are plenty of aspects of Scandinavian culture that are appealing, especially the warmth of the people, but there is one in particular that other cultures have started to embrace - Hygge. Pronounced “hoo-ga”, there is no simple way to describe this word because it doesn’t have a specific meaning, but its essence can (and should) be incorporated into your life. Here’s how you can put more Hygge into your life.
The Origin of Hygge
Hygge is both a Danish and Norwegian word, although it is used more frequently in Denmark. The word is used to describe a feeling of cosiness and comfort - that first sip of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day, or wrapping up in a blanket by the fire. Feelings that are associated with wellness and contentment are the very embodiment of the concept.
However, Hygge is not just a word - it’s a way of life. Outside of Denmark, it has caught on as a lifestyle trend, one that encourages you to take time out to relax and look after yourself. It first gained popularity in the UK in 2016 before moving to the USA the following year. Its popularity in the UK became so much so that Hygge was added to the English dictionary.
How to Live a Hygge Life
We can help you to truly Hygge your home with all the essentials, but the first thing you will need is to make a decision to open your mind to the Hygge way of life. That’s the first ingredient, but what about the rest?
Hyggekrog. This can only be described as a little nook in which you get perfectly cosy. A window seat while watching the first snow, a hidden corner of the living room that’s the perfect size for you alone. Grab a blanket and make your Hyggekrog your own.
Candles. Any Dane will tell you that candles are the most important aspect of Hygge, and they are used to create a Hyggelig atmosphere. The Danes burn more candle wax than any other country in the world, and considering the relaxed and happy nature of its people there is clearly a good reason for it. Make sure you restock your candle supply, check out our So Soy Candles and melts, you're sure to find a fragrance to suit your tastes.
Fireplace. If you have one, this is perfect for the Hygge atmosphere, and a mantle that has been freshly decorated for the winter months really adds to the overall ambience.
Blankets. All the blankets, as many as you can find, and ones that match the warm feelings that come with wrapping up for winter. Anything knitted is even more Hygge, especially socks and oversized jumpers that you drown in. Ago Arts handcrafts a range of 'cosy' accessories perfect for the job!
Hot Chocolates and Treats. Hygge isn’t about expense and luxury, it’s about comfort and security. Hot beverages, especially hot chocolate and sweet treats that bring you joy during the colder months. We recommend Causeway Coffee, or Infuse Breakfast Tea for a boost. Or alternatively try Neary Nogs or Refuge Hot Chocolate for a sweet treat. Sometimes luxury chocolate is perfect for hitting that spot, try Wee Choco or the luxurious Neary Nogs Chocolate Slates. If you've not tried North Coast Chocolates Collaboration Chocolate Box it's time to treat yourself!
It is essential to remember that Hygge isn’t about money or buying products just because they follow the trends. It’s about what makes you feel happy, warm, and comfortable when the cold nights set in and you need to bundle up to stay warm. Sometimes, simple is best. So, stock up on candles, make the most delicious hot chocolate of your life, and help yourself to something indulgent so that you can find inner peace and unwind.