When I started to be interested about this new trend, I did what every normal person would do. I googled hygge. 99% of the articles started like: ‘there is no adequate defitinition of the word’… Well thank you very much, I thought, but I didn’t panic and asked my friend who has been living in Denmark in the last couple of years to make me understand it more. She said ‘hygge means cozy or comfy’.
Statistics say the happiest country on Earth is Denmark, that’s why there has been research to find the reason for it. Meik Wiking (let’s stop for a moment here to realise how cool it is to be called Wiking?!) wrote a bestseller novel, The little book of hygge: Danish secrets to happy living so that all the people around the world can reach happines that hygge provides without moving to Denmark.
After going through articles and many Youtube videos, I got the feeling that snuggly things provide hygge. For example, if you had a long and hard day, light a candle, put on some warms clothes and curl into bed with your most favourite book or series with a tea in hand, of course. All right, doesn’t seem that hard, does it?
Well, hygge actually turned out to be more than that at the end. It also includes spending time with your friends and loved ones. Invite them for a lovely meal, or go to the cinema or travel together. Talking about your problems with a glass of wine and friends is better than having a psychologist.
The next thing the book suggests to be very important is to have a part time activity, a hobby that you really like doing in your free time. Something that makes you happy and relaxed at the same time.
And the most important thing is to be grateful and cherish the things you have already.
Now it is not that easy to match all these together. But imagine all of them being present in your life. A full life…
What I want to embrace from this lifestyle is first of all to spend more quality time with my loved ones. Then I would like to set up a hygge box with goodies that will make me cheer up immediately. Although I’m satisfied with the hobby part of my life, I want to try out more things. There are so many things I don’t like yet. For starters I’ve been to a painting event today. It was a very hygge experience.