Hygge – what is it?
“Hygge" originated in the Scandinavian countries, which is not surprising. According to the "World Happiness Report", Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark are among the top 10 happiest countries in the world. There is no clear translation for the term "hygge". Nevertheless, the word is associated with numerous positive concepts, such as cosiness, safety, security, contentment, quality of life, comfort and happiness. Feelings we long for all year round and especially in the cold season. Whether hiking in the north, on an individual cycling holiday, during a day at the lake, at a family meal together or comfy at home – hygge can be all of this for you. The important thing is to consciously enjoy the moment and appreciate the little things in life. And that's exactly what you can learn because everyone of us has the prerequisites for hygge. Our tips and concrete examples for more hygge in life should help you find a moment of happiness or two.
1.) Light sources, fresh air & nature
Light, no matter what form it takes, is good for a healthy body and mind. With a few candles, you can make your home much cosier, or rather more hygge. Whether by candlelight, a cosy open fire or a campfire – these light sources make for hygge. Even better is to take a walk in the daylight. It doesn't matter whether you are alone, walking with your dog, walking with your family or with friends. The main thing is exercising and fresh air in nature!
2.) Cosiness for the home
Now it's time to get really cosy! The home is not only a place to live, but rather our own four walls are a place of retreat that should give us the opportunity to relax and decelerate at any time. With a few additions, you can quickly create more cosiness: soft cushions and blankets, a beautiful carpet, harmonious pictures, plants, fragrance lamps and a comfortable couch. And of course the same applies to clothing at home. Wear what you feel like at home and what you feel most comfortable in!
3.) Awareness & Mindfulness
Being consciously in the here and now, focusing on the moment and letting go of all other thoughts. This is precisely a central element of hygge. Mindfulness plays an essential role in this, practiced by many believers around the world in various ways such as meditation. Try it out and take time to finally read that book that has been sitting on your bedside table for so long, watch a movie, paint a picture, bake a cake, enjoy a good cup of tea or attend a concert. You will feel how good this conscious time feels.
4.) Gratitude & Humility
In everyday life it is not always easy to be aware of the good things in life and to feel gratitude. In fact, this is exactly what is essential in the daily lives of people in northern countries. Less is more, because modesty makes you happy! Whether it's a nice compliment from a work colleague, laughter with friends, a lovely coffee or a wonderful moment of peace – taking pleasure in the little things in life provides all kinds of happiness, security and well-being!
5.) Good food & social environment
What could be better than eating really well? This is also part of Hygge. Whether it's a cosy dinner with friends, a birthday party with the family or baking a cake together with your loved ones – nothing is better than sharing the pleasure together with friends or family. The important thing is to enjoy this meal completely, consciously, without regrets or a guilty conscience. After all, you have earned it and at the same time ensured even more hygge in your life!