Have you heard of hygge? Pronounced “hoo-ga,” it’s a Danish word that loosely translates to “coziness.” Hygge is the Danish ritual of creating a warm, comforting atmosphere and enjoying the little things in everyday life.
Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world and they also have long, dark winters, so clearly they are on to something with the concept of hygge. If you’re feeling the weight of winter, why not add some coziness? Ward off the cold with candles, soft lighting, thick sweaters, hot chocolate, a fuzzy blanket, and a good book. Invite some friends or family over, gather around the fireplace, cook dinner as a group, and play some board games. Just leave your phone behind: nothing is the opposite of hygge like being absorbed in your phone.
If you’d like to add a little hygge to your life, learn more about it with one of these books (fuzzy blanket optional):
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
An introduction to Hygge written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. You’ll learn about the Hygge Manifesto (don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds) and even assemble a hygge emergency kit.
Sorry, you won’t find any quick meals here, but you will find delicious and comforting recipes to share with family and friends.
The Hygge Life: Embracing the Nordic Art of Coziness Through Recipes, Entertaining, Decorating, Simple Rituals, and Family Traditions by Gunnar Karl Gíslason and Jody Eddy
Here, you’ll find everything you need to build a cozier life, both at home and in your travels. Recipes and tips for slowing down and living in the moment are included. Why not add some comfort to everything you do?
Bring coziness to your home with cooking and crafting, no matter how cold it is outside. The recipes and craft projects included in the book will brighten your winter days and it will be spring before you know it!