Hygge - if you have never heard the word before, you are in for a treat! Defined by the Oxford Dictionary as ‘A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment’, translator ToveMaren Stakkestad suggests, ‘hygge was never meant to be translated - it was meant to be felt’.
A Danish word, hygge is experienced through all five senses. It is about living well and living simply, appreciating what you have, enjoying time spent with family and friends. Hygge is integral to the Danish lifestyle, playing a major role in keeping Denmark in the top 10 list of world’s happiest countries despite their long, cold winters with extended periods of darkness.
How can you experience your own bit of hygge? Imagine all your favourite things working together to create a feeling of warmth and cosiness that surrounds you. Relax and enjoy family and friends gathered around a roaring fire, laughing, reminiscing and creating special memories. Leisurely share a delicious, slow cooked meal with a glass of wine, taking the time to savour each mouthful. Use soft lighting or candles, neutral tones and textured layers to fashion an environment that is uncluttered and inviting.
You can hygge on your own. Take an extra minute for you. Unwind at a yoga class or spend an extra hour in bed. Cuddle down under your MiniJumbuk quilt, nestled in soft, fluffy pillows with a good book. Appreciate the simple pleasure that comes with security, warmth and contentment. Or rug up in your favourite woolly jumper and head outdoors to enjoy the surroundings. Delight in whatever nature has to offer: vibrant colours, soothing sounds or the spectacular sensations of the elements unleashed.
However you hygge, be present, be grateful and experience the sense of peace and calm that accompanies it.