Have you ever heard of the term hygge? (pronounced "hue-gah" or "hoo-gah"...or however!): the Danish concept of coziness? Brian mentioned it to me a few months back after reading the term somewhere. And as soon as he told me that my whole coziness-obsession was actually something (and not just me being kinda weird), I went and looked it up immediately. Almost instantaneously, I found all these books on Amazon: The Cozy Life, The Little Book of Hygge, Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness, etc., and read more into the term. I finally went and ordered that little pocket book The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg and read it almost in one sitting, practically laughing and in disbelief at how accurate I've tried to apply this to my life without even realizing it. You woulda thought I wrote the book myself!
From what I've gathered, hygge means exactly everything and anything I've tried to strive for in this blog about being warm and cozy: small little spaces, candles, blankets, fluffy slippers, and feeling relaxed and content. It's also about living simply, without excessive amounts of material things, and really treasuring moments spent with loved ones, good food, and making memories. Apparently the Danish adapted this way of life centuries ago because they have many months where they live in darkness and coldness - kinda like up here in Canada! So I guess it's really no surprise that I unknowingly adapted this concept into my everyday life, too!
That little pocket was so comforting and pleasant to read, that it's no wonder I couldn't put it down. It's truly something I will treasure and can only imagine it in our future-condo as a coffee table book. I mean, a book called the Cozy Life? I even have a Pinterest board with that exact name I created long ago!
It seems like hygge is finally making its rounds in North America, too. When I went into the bookstore the other day, I saw The Little Book of Hygge sitting on the shelf and made a mental note to put it on my birthday list.
If you're at all interested in this old Danish concept I've grown to love, look for Hygge-related books online or in a store near you.
Or, you know, you can just continue reading my blog :) I'll leave you with a few of my favourite examples from the book on applying some hyggeness into your daily life! (Also, be sure to check out my blog post from last year How I Stay Cozy):
- Explore hyggeligt places outside your home, such as cities, parks, pubs, and coffee shops
- Take a warm, silky bath. Add scented candles and relaxing tunes
- Catch a sunset or sunrise
- Hang a calendar
- Snuggle under the blanket when it snows
- Go for afternoon tea
- Enjoy a cup of coffee in a cozy cafe
- Make a list of everything that makes you happy
- Turn off technology
- Make homemade invitations and greeting cards
- Keep a physical address book
- Keep a journal
- Print pictures and make photo albums
- Volunteer at an animal shelter or seniors' home
- Enjoy a glass of wine
- Do some yard work
- Run errands with your best friend
Happy Hygge! :)