“Hygge. It’s all about living life at a slower pace. Something I’ve come to realise I’m completely and utterly rubbish at.”
Hygge. It’s a word that the vast majority of us just a few years ago wouldn’t have been familiar with. “I’m sorry – hi-geh what now?!” “How an earth do you even pronounce that?!”. Well – it’s hue-guh if you really want to know.
But, this little 5 letter (albeit peculiar) looking word is now one most of us will have become accustomed to.
So, what is it?
It’s all about living life at a slower pace. Something I’ve come to realise I’m completely and utterly rubbish at. And it’s something that a lot of us neglect, with our constant need to rush around, fill our time with endless jobs that need doing, places to go and people to see. The list goes on.
Surprisingly, Instagram – that little app we all love to hate, has actually helped me learn to slow down a little better. Instagram?! I know. But, from the accounts I choose to follow who promote slow living, to simply seeing calming images on my feed, it all works as a little reminder for me to just s l o w the f- d o w n. Every cloud right…
Where did it come from?
Well, hygge was first derived from the Danish. Technically speaking, hygge is “about experiencing happiness in simple pleasures and knowing that everything is going to be ok”. Despite the Danish paying some of the highest tax rates, having long winters and short summers, and facing 179 days of rain on average each year(!), they’re still considered some of the happiest people in the world. And if that alone doesn’t make you want to embrace hygge, nothing will.
What’s their secret?
So, I decided to immerse myself in the pretty little book, ‘The Little Book of Hygge. The Danish Way to Live Well’ – Meik Wiking, to find out their secret. And, I’ve decided to give you the low down.
So, here’s a round up of the best ways you can live a more hygge life. Spoiler: it’s really not that difficult.
8 ways to live more hygge:
- Surround yourself with your loved ones. Spending quality time with your nearest and dearest is a must.
- It’s apparently all about the lighting. Good lighting is very important. And as we spend so much time in our homes, choose wisely. Time to get all the lamps. Any excuse…
- Be kind to yourself. If you want some chocolate, go ahead! I mean, is that a free pass? I’ll take it!
- Sweets, cake and hot drinks are all hyggeligt. As it says; “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy cake, and that is almost the same thing”. I have to agree.
- Good decor is a must. From having a cosy fireplace, to numerous cushions and blankets in your home. Good interior means you’re more likely to experience hygge moments. Is this why I’m so obsessed with shopping for interiors then…?!
- As Sue Perkins off GBBO would say, “baaaaake”. Baking = happiness.
- Cycle! It will help to boost your mood. Yes, really.
- Fashion is important. Danish style is casual, yet elegant, with a love for wearing black, scarves and layering up. Sounds like my ideal wardrobe…
And there you have it! It all sounds simple enough, right?!
If you’re looking for a casual read to dip in and out of to de-stress (and be more hygge), this book is for you! Full of hints and tips, activities and delicious hygge recipes, you can be sure to become a confident hyggespreder (someone who spreads the hygge). I’m in!