Magic Ingredient to Happiness!

Hygge … (Pronounced HOO GA).  The word “hygge” derives from a sixteenth-century Danish term meaning “to give courage, comfort, and joy”, and is related to the English word “hug”.

Denmark can go dark for up to 17 hours a day during the depth of the season, and the average temperature is frequently around 32 degrees Fahrenheit so there’s not much else to do but stay inside. This, in turn, forced the Danes to get creative about their indoor activities. The Danish have the “secret” to coping with those brutal Nordic winters they so often experience. They swear by it!  It’s about being happy and staying cozy all winter long.  That secret is “hygge”.  

Associated with relaxation, indulgence and gratitude, hygge has been considered a part of the Danish National character for many generations. I have always been fascinated by the Danish culture as it is close to my heart and ancestry.  For those who know me well, my inspiration, design elements and overall living come from my love of Danish designs and lifestyle – something I try to implement into my own life today.

Hygge is not a new term and in fact it has been a North American trend now for a few years but as we enter the heart of our Canadian winter and another wave of the COVID-19, I thought introducing hygge once again may help remind ourselves of how we can apply it into our life and home during these crazy times. 

In the Danish culture, hygge refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality and personal wholeness”. Hygge can be practiced in all areas of your life, from the way you dress to how you choose to go through your day; mindfully, rather than rushed and overscheduled.  It can also be recognized as a way of decorating your home.

Here are six tips to help you incorporate “hygge” into your home.

Tip 1:  Lighting Is a Must

  • To bring hygge into your home, start with warm light bulbs and stylish light fixtures that enhance your room’s décor.
  • Fireplace ambiance is heavenly.  If you don’t happen to have one in your home, you can always opt for a plug-in electrical version.
  • No recipe for hygge is complete without candles! To keep your air clean, make sure you’re using only high-quality candles that are made with natural ingredients.

Tip 2: Add in Aspects of Nature

  • Incorporating aspects of nature into your home creates a sense of warmth and realness.
  • Add a vase of fresh flowers on the kitchen counter, a pine centrepiece or plant on the mantel, or a window sill herb garden are all pieces of nature than can help to warm up your space.

Tip 3: Stay Organized

  • Hygge is about much more than aesthetics. It’s also about living mindfully and with a sense of ease and calm. Keeping your home organized is a huge contributor to achieving this essence.

Tip 4: Think Cozy, Texture and Warmth!

  • Add a faux fur blanket, plush duvet, chunky knitted blanket, sheepskin rug, woven textile pillows or fluffy colourful decorative pillows to any bench, couch, chair, bed, etc., Take it from functional to blissful.

Tip 5: Stick to Neutral Colors

  • To achieve your hygge vibe, you don’t have to avoid colour however, in general it is a style that leans more towards neutral tones as it creates a more relaxing, fresh, and minimalist environment – all things that exude hygge !

Tip 6: Make it your own

  • Ensure that you add pieces that you love and that you are comfortable living in.  Framing your children’s artwork, stacking your favourite books, arranging your favourite fresh flowers, or displaying a unique family heirloom are all examples of ways that you can make your space your own little slice of hygge heaven.

Keep in mind that while hygge is often associated with winter months and colder climate, it can actually apply to all seasons and environments because at its core, it’s about creating an inviting ambiance that makes everyone who visits feel like they’re on the receiving end of that warm “hug”.  

Hygge Tips

  • Spend Quality Time With Family 
  • Less Is More – Get Cozy Without The Clutter
  • Stay Active – Go Outside, Walk, Ice Skate, Go Sledding
  • Bring Nature Inside 
  • Candles, Candles, And More Candles
  • Enjoy Good Food And Drink
  • Get Baking – my favorite!!!! 

Interesting Fact

When Danes are asked what they associate with hygge, 85% say candles. That must be why the average Dane burns about 13 pounds of candle wax each year!  


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