Heard of hygge?
Denmark is consistently voted as the happiest country to live in, so what is it that they are getting right? I recently read bestselling book 'The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country' by Helen Russell which explains how different their outlook on life can be and part of that is the concept of 'hygge'. Loved this book, made me want to go and visit the country and think about trying to bring a bit of their lifestyle into my days - well worth putting on your reading list!
Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word and concept that is a feeling which comes with taking pleasure in making every day things more meaningful and special. It is creating a feeling of cosiness in your home and as our Autumn will soon begin to turn to Winter it is just about the perfect time to bring a bit of hygge into your life!
Need more inspiration? Check out my hygge Pinterest board with lots of beautiful hygge images here.
The concept of Hygge has crept over from Denmark in the last couple of years and inspired lots of lovely new coffee table books to introduce the idea to us all:
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
by Meik Wiking
'Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge.'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...'You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.'
Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness
'Though we all know the feeling of hygge instinctively few of us ever manage to capture it for more than a moment.Now Danish actress and hygge aficionado Marie Tourell Søderberg has travelled the length and breadth of her home country to create the perfect guide to cooking, decorating, entertaining and being inspired the hygge way.'
The Art of Hygge: How to Bring Danish Cosiness Into Your Life
by Jonny Jackson and Elias Larsen
'The Art of Hygge is packed with delicious recipes to share with friends, craft ideas for decorating your home, and inspirational suggestions for enjoying the magic of everyday pleasures. Whether it’s a soothing mug of hot chocolate, a tasty butternut squash soup or a snuggly pair of felt slippers, you’ll find that a little hygge brings a lot of happiness!'
Here is a little video from Kids Kitchen about getting more Hygge in your life!
Well, I LOVE the whole idea and I'm off to buy some new candles, a huge jar of hot chocolate and some new cosy pyjamas to create my own little bit of hygge!
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