Do you know how to Hygge?
Do you know what Hygge is?
I didn’t know what it was, and didn’t realise we were doing it. That is until I accidentally came across a YouTube clip about a year of living Danishly (which is a great play on words, don’t you agree?).
We have been practising the art of Hygge here at Chez Wright for many years.
There just isn’t an English word for it that sums it up in quite the same way as the Danish.
Hygge is a great word – by the way it’s pronounced “heu-gah” not “hug-ga’ as I have been calling it since falling in love with the term – but I kinda like my way of saying it!
And if you are still not sure what I am talking about, then hopefully this definition (which I love) from hygge.co may help:
Hygge (“heu-gah”). The art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive. To create well-being, connection and warmth. A feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other. Celebrating the everyday.
Hygge happens when we commit to the pleasure of the present moment in its simplicity. It’s there in the small rituals and gestures we undertake to give everyday life value and meaning, that comfort us, make us feel at home, rooted and generous.
We all hygge – around a table for a shared meal, beside a fire on a wet night, making coffee together at work, in the bath with a single candle, wrapped in blankets at the end of a day on the beach, sheltering from the rain at a bus stop, lying spoons, baking in a warm kitchen, alone in bed with a hot water bottle and a good book.
In our overstretched, complex, modern lives, hygge is a resourceful, tangible way to find deeper connection to our families, our communities, our children, our homes and our earth. It’s an uncomplicated, practical method of weaving the stuff of spirit and heart into daily life without sentimentality then taking time to celebrate it on a human scale.
Hygge is a kind of enchantment – a way of stirring the senses, the heart and the imagination, of acknowledging the sacred. (Source hygge.co)
There’ll be much more about hygge here in the weeks to come, because this is the year of the hygge for me and mine.
We will be looking at improving how to hygge as well as finding more opportunities to practise the art of ‘hug-ga’.