Hygge: “A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being, regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture.”
I bought some pasture-raised eggs the other day and was intrigued by the little information sheet tucked inside the egg carton:
Naturally Hygge Hens
“Without ever stockpiling cuddly blankets or chunky candles our hens instinctively practice the Danish art of hygee all winter long. Their pasture-raised lifestyle means crisp days spent together enjoying the simple things – tasty grasses, crunchy critters and warm sunshine. As evening falls, they rest in the safety and comfort of the barn. Days with friends and cozy nights with not a screen in sight!” (Vital Farms)
Since then, I learned there is a Hygge Facebook page.
The following is excerpted from the February 2017 issue of Charlotte at Home.
How to achieve hygge at home
Because simply defining the term with words like “coziness” and “togetherness” does not do hygge justice, it is up to you and how you interpret the pleasantness of good company in an inviting atmosphere. Hygge is a sense of intimacy created in any space at any moment. It makes guests feel welcome and warm. Since Scandinavian winters are known to be bleak, the concept of creating comfortable retreats became paramount to the Danish people and their happiness. Some quintessentially hygge elements are below.
Soft, fur blankets and luscious rugs. Knits and plush items are musts for an inevitably warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Speaking of warmth, there’s nothing quite like a flickering flame to make a place feel like home.
Note from Marlene: I use battery operated candles that flicker like real candles. I am nervous about real candles due to a house fire caused by a candle (years ago, but still nervous).
Enjoy the Simple Things
Delving more into the term’s definition as it relates to “moments” and “feelings,” the act of enjoying the simple things in life is supremely hygge. Take a moment to truly enjoy your morning coffee. Treat yourself to an indulgent bubble bath. Venture outdoors for a long walk with nature. Creating a hygge lifestyle encompasses a variety of areas beyond home design, just as your home’s design can completely improve the way you live.
Gathering with people is another important aspect of this Danish concept. Invite friends over for a weekend lunch, and create an atmosphere that allows for visitors. Simple changes such as ensuring there are enough chairs around a table make a big difference. To hygge with friends is also a way to bond and uplift others as you connect over wholesome food and feel-good drinks.
Note from Marlene: Zoom works, too, Invite friends to a Zoom party, or a singalong with Diane Dupuis.
Life is fast, and hygge reminds you that it doesn’t always have to be so fleeting. Slow down. Enjoy the moment. Take the time to indulge in the time you’re given, and be present.
Note from Marlene: Be present. Re-consider multi-tasking . . . rather, consider being mindful and focusing on one thing at a time.
Writing Prompt: What is your hygge?
Or: What can you do to create hygge?