11 Ways to More HYGGE : A Happy Life The Danish Way

Photo by Stella Rose on Unsplash

The new World Happiness Report again ranks Denmark among the top three happiest countries. Scientists have been studying the reasons why the Danes are the happiest. They found out that one of the main reasons is because they value a cultural construct called “hygge”.

Hygge (Pronounced "Hoo-Ga") is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.

It’s a feeling of home, of being comfortable whether it was with the people you love or alone enjoying your cup of tea.

Below is a list of ways that will introduce you to the Hygge lifestyle.

#1. Candles.

Photo by Ellieelien on Unsplash

There’s no faster way to get to Hygge than to light a few candles. More than half of Danes light candles almost every day, especially during autumn and winter.

#2. Cake.

Photo by Deva Williamson on Unsplash

The Danes are only second to the Finns when it comes to people who eat sweets more than anyone in the world.

#3. Hot drinks.

Photo by taylor hernandez on Unsplash

Hot drinks come in the first place on the list of what people associate Hygge with. It might be tea, hot chocolate, or coffee.

#4. Clothing.

Photo by Szvoreny Attila on Unsplash

Danes, in general, enjoy a casual dress code. Scarves are a must, especially in winter.

#5. Home.

Photo by Brina Blum on Unsplash

The reason for the Danish obsession with interior design is that Danes experience most Hygge at home. Therefore, they put a lot of money and effort into making their homes as Hygge as possible. They pay a lot of attention to things like having a comfy space filled with cushions and blankets, a fireplace, candles, things made out of wood, books…

#6. Great outdoors.

Photo by Zachary Shakked on Unsplash

Although homes are a central station for Hygge, it’s still possible to have Hygge outdoors. Surrounding yourself by nature is a great way to bring your guard down and add simplicity to your experience.

#7. Togetherness.

Photo by Kimson Doan on Unsplash

While you can still Hygge by yourself, Hygge mostly happens with friends and family. The Danes, usually, leave their work at five o’clock and people with children usually leave around four o’clock. Families play together and have their dinner together.

#8. Being present.

Photo by Natalia Figueredo on Unsplash

Most of our unhappiness comes from either living in the past (regretting) or from the future (worrying). The truth is, we’re living in neither. Hygge is about living in the now and being fully immersed in the present moment.

#9. Inexpensive activities.

Hygge is about simplicity and modesty. It’s one way to adopt a slow and simple living. As they say “the best things in life are free”. Activities such as playing a board game, holding a pantry party to cook with friends, a TV night with friends… can bring more Hygge than anything else.

#10. Bikes.

Photo by Nordgreen on Unsplash

The Danes are known for their love of bikes. Many people choose to commute to their work by bikes. It’s an easy way to fit in a bit of exercise in your day but more importantly, it makes people happier. Studies have found that those who cycle to work are more likely to be happy commuters, which makes them more productive.

#11. Gratitude.

Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

Hygge is about savoring the moment and feeling the simple pleasures of good food and good company and feeling gratitude allows you to enjoy these pleasures.

Hygge emergency kit

• Candles
• Good-quality chocolate
• Your favorite tea
• Your favorite book
• Your favorite film or series
• A good pair of woolen socks
• A warm jumper
• A notebook
• A nice blanket

Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

Like This Post? Pint It!

You Might Also Like

0 commentaires