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What is Hygge?

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

In 2017, the term hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") became a popular Danish lifestyle trend in the United States. So, what is hygge? According to, hygge is the feeling of coziness and contentment evoked by simple comforts, such as being wrapped in a blanket, having good conversations, enjoying food, etc.

Hygge is something we experience in our everyday settings. For example, if we come home after a long day at work, take a bubble bath, or drink our favorite beverage. It promotes our well-being to feel happy, relaxed, and comfortable in our surroundings.

Where does the term hygge come from?

The term hygge came from Denmark. Hygge is a Danish cultural concept and value of warmth, happiness, coziness, and togetherness that people make time for in everyday life. The Danish Hygge might derive from old Norse words meaning "mind" or "embrace," which could relate to the English term hug.

What does hygge represent?

  • Feeling safe and secure in our surroundings

  • Doing things that make us feel good

  • Creating a cozy and inviting space in our homes

  • Enjoying a simpler life

  • Being around people we enjoy spending time with

What are the examples of hygge?

  • Enjoy a cup of hot tea after a long day at work

  • Sit by the fireplace drinking a cup of hot chocolate while it's cold outside

  • Reading a good book on a rainy day

  • Watch a feel-good movie with loved ones

  • Going camping on the beach

  • Cooking an appetizing meal and sharing it with families and friends

  • Sitting outside in the backyard enjoying nature when the weather is nice and warm

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About the Blogger

Kelly Mercer enjoys writing topics related to the beach, hygge, and home decor. She currently resides in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her family.


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