If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I’ve been crushing on all things Scandinavian for some time….
From gorgeous GreenGate stoneware collections to the adorable characters of Maileg and Tilda.
I’ve also been entranced by the relaxed and cosy blogs of many Scandinavian friends and often feature them here on my blog, my Facebook page and in my magazines.
So, as I followed the trends of these creative Scandinavians and was happily inspired by their gorgeous styling, I also discovered something else…. ‘hygge’.
It’s a Danish word, which is hard to pronounce… sounds like hooga…. and it’s even harder to translate into English.
Roughly translated, hygge is ‘cosiness’… and enjoying life’s simple pleasures as part of your daily ritual.
It’s an ambiance… or perhaps even a state of mind.
‘Hygge’ is a lifestyle!!
From what I’ve read, the Danes created ‘hygge’ long ago as a way to survive the boredom of the long, cold and dark days of winter.
By creating a cosiness in their home with candles and beautiful furnishings and creating simple rituals that celebrated even the smallest of tasks, they turned the mundane into a fabulous art form.
For example, the simple act of making a cup of tea is enhanced when one brews real tea and serves it in a pretty china cup.
It’s not always something tangible…. ‘hygge’ can be snuggling on the sofa with a good book or a loved one, enjoying time with friends and family and cooking delicious meals.
It’s a feeling… happiness, contentment, comfort, charm and cosiness.
‘Hygge’ is making the ordinary feel extraordinary!
I was actually practicing ‘hygge’ for some time before I even knew of its existence, simply by practicing self care and creating a mood space for myself in my craft room.
Since discovering the hygge movement, I’ve been even more enthusiastic about weaving ‘hyggelig’ moments into my everyday life and enjoying the simple pleasures and gratitude of a happy life.
Unplugging from social media earlier this year was for me an act of ‘hygge’ that restored my energy and life balance.
In my quest to do cosiness as well as the Danes, I’ve just purchased this book, The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking…. considered one of the best on the subject and written by the chief executive of Copenhagen’s Happiness Research Institute.
I’ll be back to share some more hygge-ology with you tomorrow.
May your day be filled with simple pleasures.
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