Word of The Moment: Hygge.
Hygge. You're probably thinking, what is this word? What does it mean? Can I eat it? They were a few questions going through my mind when I first seen this curious word in my magazine.
Hygge. You’re probably thinking, what is this word? What does it mean? Can I eat it? They were a few questions going through my mind when I first seen this curious word in my magazine. Hygge is a Danish word, apparently pronounced [hue-gah] or [hoo-gah] – but then with so many accents I’m still confused as to how I say it. I can’t quite get my head around it. I want to say [hi-guh], like hi, hello, but with a ‘g’ on the end, like gargle. I think I’m just going to continue saying [hi-guh]. Hygge is nothing you eat or drink, sadly – but it is a feeling that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making everyday things more beautiful, making the simple things extraordinary, meaningful or special. That itself is pretty hygge, right? I mean, there’s no real definition of what hygge is, I guess it’s whatever you take or interpret it to be – whatever feels good to you. It can be enjoying a candlelit dinner with your friends, sharing a coffee with someone you love, or simply cosying up your room with some fluffy throws and scented candles. If you Google ‘hygge’ all kinds of warming images will appear across your screen, from burning fires, mugs of hot beverages, and different ways to decorate your home to be more hygge. Really, it’s pretty much like Feng Shui… kind of.
The Danish are supposed to be the happiest nation in the world, so maybe it’s wise to take a little bit of advice from them, in order to make ourselves feel better. By appreciating the little things in life, and taking time to enjoy what makes us feel good. The fact the Danish have an actual word for this notion is pretty cool. But if it’s one thing that hygge does mean, it’s Christmas. If you think of friendships, coziness, the season of loving and giving, they’re all super hygge. But it doesn’t limit itself there – like I said, it’s whatever feels good to you.
Lesson 101 on how to be more hygge: be grateful, be thankful for what you have, and seize that moment – even if it’s something as simple as enjoying your cup of tea to every. last. mouthful.
And if you can’t get enough of the word or notion, there are a million and one books on how to transform you life to be one big ball of hygge.