What is Hygge?
Updated: Jan 12
In 2017, the term hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") became a popular Danish lifestyle trend in the United States. So, what is hygge? According to Dictionary.com, 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.