Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) is a Danish concept that has gained global popularity in recent years. Hygge is a way of life, a mindset, and an attitude toward creating warmth, comfort, and joy in everyday moments.
It involves embracing simple pleasures, finding joy in small moments, and cultivating a warm and inviting atmosphere in one’s home and surroundings. One can experience Hygge through various elements, such as lighting, warm blankets, scents, and comforting foods and drinks. It emphasizes on the importance of spending quality time with loved ones, creating meaningful relationships, and practicing self-care and self-compassion.
In Denmark, where the concept originated, hygge is often linked to colder winter months when people seek comfort and cosiness indoors. However, it can also be found in the warm summer, when people gather for picnics or enjoy outdoor activities with loved ones.
Hygge is not about material possessions or extravagant experiences but rather about creating a sense of comfort, contentment, and connection in life’s simple pleasures. It encourages people to slow down, savour the moment, and embrace the joys of everyday living, making it a cherished aspect of Danish culture and a popular concept worldwide.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living” by Meik Wiking: This book, written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, explores the concept of hygge and how it contributes to the happiness and well-being of the Danish people. It includes tips and ideas for creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in your home, as well as suggestions for how to embrace hygge in your daily life.
The Art of Hygge: How to Bring Danish Coziness into Your Life” by Jonny Jackson and Elias Larsen: This book provides practical advice and inspiration for incorporating hygge into your daily routine, from creating a cozy atmosphere at home to enjoying simple pleasures like good food and warm drinks. It also includes tips for embracing hygge in different seasons and environments, such as at work or while traveling.
Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness” by Marie Tourell Søderberg: This book explores the many facets of hygge, including its connection to Danish culture and traditions, as well as its impact on well-being and happiness. It includes tips for creating a hygge-filled home, as well as ideas for incorporating hygge into your relationships, leisure activities, and work life.
The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge” by Pia Edberg: This book introduces hygge and how it can create a sense of comfort, warmth, and joy in daily life. It includes tips and ideas for creating a cosy and inviting home and suggestions for embracing hygge in relationships, leisure activities, and personal development.
Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge” by Trine Hahnemann: This cookbook explores the connection between hygge and Scandinavian cuisine, providing recipes and inspiration for creating delicious, comforting meals that are perfect for sharing with loved ones. It also includes tips for creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere for dining, as well as suggestions for incorporating hygge into your everyday meals.
The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country” by Helen Russell: While not exclusively focused on hygge, this book explores Danish culture and lifestyle in-depth, including the concept of hygge. It offers a humorous and informative account of the author’s experience living in Denmark and trying to adopt the Danish way of life, including embracing hygge.