Seen a new wellness word being tossed around? So what is hygge and how it could improve your life!
In the past few months I've seen the word hygge (pronouced hue-guh) being tossed around as a big wellness trend for 2017. The concept was completely foreign to me, so I decided to do a little research to find out more about it. Turns out it is something I have been working at for years (without knowing it was hygge!) and I feel like it's something that could bring many of you a little bit of peace and happiness in our overly hectic lives!
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So what is hygge?
Hygee is a danish concept of coziness, comfort, contentment and well-being. The actual word doesn't have an exact english translation, but "cozy" seems to be as close as we have.
The idea is to surround yourself with warm comfortable things that bring you a sense of contentment. Scented candles, cozy fluffy blankets, soft leggings, heaping warm mugs of tea, long beautiful books are just a few ways to accomplish this. It's not necessarily about the "things" but about the atmosphere you create. The idea is to find peace in the simplicity of unwinding and slowing down to actually enjoy life.
Hygge also extends to surrounding yourself with loved ones, enjoying home cooked meals and even spending relaxing time outdoors.
As I learned more about hygee I kept saying to myself... "yes..." and "yes!" I feel like the entire concept spoke very loudly to my personal words of the year and how I would like to live my life in 2017. Hygge may be danish but the idea of living a happy content home life is something I have been building for years.
How hygge could improve your life...
Denmark is often called one of the happiest countries in the world, so they must be doing something right with this hygge thing! I think the concept is a wonderful way to bring more intention and happiness into your everyday life. I feel like we are so busy that it's easy to overlook these very basic things that can bring so much joy.
A way to hygge would be to instead of coming home to work on your computer, make a home cooked meal and cozy into the couch with a mug of tea and that book you've been wanting to read. Simplifying can go a long way to reduce your stress.
You could even create a little nook of your home that is perfect for relaxing... complete with candles and warm blankets. Anything to give you a sense of peace at home would be where I would start!
It seems like this very simple way of living that could go a long way to making us all a little bit happier this year! I have a feeling you are going to be hearing a lot more about hygge soon.
If you are curious about hygge like I was here are some books to get you started...
The Little Book of Hygge (Danish Secrets to Happy Living)
How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life
The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of HyggeWhat is Hygge? How this wellness trend could improve your life this year! Click To Tweet
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Have you heard of hygge?
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Well you are introducing me to a fun, new concept! It's not a term I'm familiar with, but like you, I do feel as though it's something I have already been practicing. When we first moved into our house (back when we were living in Canada), I didn't do anything to the house to make it our own, cozy place. But after moving to the US 4 years ago, I was excited to turn our place into a cozy, happy place. I could always use tips on how to make it even cozier though! I'll check out those books. Great post, Julie =)
Thanks Kimmy! I'm a fan too!
Kristy from Southern In Law says
Soooo now I have a word for how I live life 😛
Hygge is totally something I can get on board with!
There ya go!! A word for 2017!!
I saw this on a TV show and I completely loved the concept. More hygge for us all!
Ohhh I'll have to see if I can find that!
This is a trend I can get into. 🙂 I'd never heard of it before!
Me too! Thanks Jaime!
Nicole @ Fitful Focus says
This is so interesting!! I should cozy up on the couch and read about how to be more cozy!
Haha! You should- lol!
Mary Ellen @ VNutrition says
I saw this on your instagram and had to come see what you were talking about! I have never heard of hygge before but I'm totally into! I try to make my livingroom very cozy with lots of blankets, candles, pillows and of course my pups. 🙂
Me too! The pups make it super cozy.
Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy says
I have never, ever heard of hygge. Interesting!
Autumn @AutumnPTW.com says
I haven't heard of this, but it sounds lovely. I try to be mindful of my blessings in life, I really am fortunate. My question is how do you pronounce it exactly?
It's hoo (like "who" but with an h) guh (like "duh" with a g)! Does that make sense???
Blane Sherer says
" Hygge " , comfy/cozy
Sounds good in any language.
I LOVE this concept, the warmth and blessing and comfort of a cozy home is often lost in a really busy world. I'm thankful for Christ's peace on a home, because I can really see it when we focus together on a cozy, peaceful atmosphere. It actually really helps with stress and recovery and anxiety too. Now I want to visit Denmark.
Oh I know! I bet it's a cool place!
Jen @ pretty little grub says
I've never heard of this before but I definitely do a lot of those things. My blanket is always on my couch because I love the coziness of being wrapped up in it. Even in the middle of summer! ha ha It makes me feel better
Me too! I love them!
I've only recently heard of hygge, and like you I researched it a bit. I can certainly use some hygge in my life! Great article! Thanks for sharing. ?
Thanks Mindy! Great to see you here today!
Love the concept of hygge--haven't heard of this word before. I do believe more and more in finding simplicity in life, though.
Me too! thanks Debbie!
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
I have not heard of hygge but sounds like a win win!
doens't it! Good stuff!
Susie @ Suzlyfe says
I first heard about this from Carla (I believe) and have since seen it pop up here and there. I am alllll for the cozy! As I snuggle with the pupster...
Me too! Those pups are good cuddlers.
I never heard of this but I have been doing it. I love reading my book at night before bed wrapped up in a cozy blanket with a cup of tea. I find myself doing this a lot more in the colder months when life isn't so busy.
Me too! It's so nice!
Mary Beth Jackson says
I love this idea! I think we all need a little more cozy in our lives! 🙂