The Danish concept of hygge has come to the attention of the media lately. I love that hygge represents everything good about feeling at home wherever you are.
Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish concept of contentment and belonging. It is a way of being we can take with us anywhere to create that feeling of home, safety and connectedness. Whether you’re at home, traveling or out with friends, you take hygge with you.
Danes embrace a spirit of belonging and it really resonates with me. I love the idea of taking a feeling of home and comfort with you wherever you go. Whether it’s a simple throw or a personal scent for your candles, creating a homey atmosphere is key to self care at home or on the road.
Danish people love and appreciate light, being outside and enjoying life’s simple pleasures like a fire, friends, a warm blanket to snuggle under and natural materials.
It’s easy to sum up the idea of bringing hygge into the home by the physical comforts that create a feeling of warmth, but it’s so much more!
Here’s how you can embrace the spiritual side of the Danish concept of hygge:
- Focus on being not having
- Create intimacy and connection with loved ones
- Be at peace with yourself
- Make a home wherever you are
- Celebrate slowing down. Turn off technology.
- Express love with small gestures
How to support the concept of hygge in the physical sense:
- Create warmth by lighting a fire or a candle
- Indulge in cashmere or soft textures
- Keep indoor air smelling fresh by opening windows
- Loll on a deep sofa with a loved one or by yourself
- Inhale warm scents like coffee and freshly baked goods
- Cocoon yourself in clean bedding and comforters
We all cherish a feeling of belonging and safety. The Danes have just taken it to the next level. It’s part of their culture and the way they live, whether alone or with each other.
If you’d like to learn more about the art of Hygge, try reading The Book of Hygge for more inspiration. No matter the season, treat yourself to some cozy slippers and a candle!