What is Hygge? Everything you need to know (and how to try Hygge with your family)

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  • If you haven’t yet heard of Hygge then chances are, you will very soon. Books on the subject are topping Amazon lists and more and more Brits are learning about the Danish art of ‘living cosily’.

    That’s right, Hygge embodies the things we love the most about autumn and winter, and it might just be the perfect excuse to enjoy more family time together!

    Our mummy blogger Sarah has been reading up on the practice of Hygge and plans on applying the idea to her family of four this autumn and winter to get them through the dark, cold nights and dreary days – sounds like a good plan, right?

    But what is Hygge, and how can you and your family try it at home? Sarah investigates…

    How do you pronounce Hygge?

    Hygge is a Danish word, pronounced hue-gah

    What is Hygge?

    Although there’s no direct translation in English, it’s the feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day things more meaningful or special.

    The Danish concept is the idea of achieving cosiness, warmth, comfort and being with loved ones, and how all of these things coming together can create a positive energy in your life.

    5 ways to try Hygge with your family

    1. Natural lighting

    Think candles, think roaring fire, think gentle lighting. Sarah says ‘I’m really thinking about lamps and lighting and candles to give that lovely, cosy autumn feel and apparently that’s one of the most important parts of having Hygge.’

    2. Soft furnishings

    Sarah says ‘I’m on the look out for cosy, comforting soft furnishings for the house – I’m thinking of adding some extra blankets and cushions, things like that. Apparently the Danish way is with lots of natural fibres.’

    3. Comfort food

    It’s the perfect time of year to rustle up some of our favourite autumn/winter comfort foods. Sarah says ‘I’m going to be making things like soup and comforting stews – which apparently should make me feel happier.’

    4. Screen-free time

    Sarah wants to ditch the TV. She says ‘Doing more things like winter walks in the fresh air, playing board games as a family and reading books that I really love.’

    5. Spending time with loved ones

    Spending some more time really focussing on family and friends is an important part of Hygge. Sarah wants to make sure her time and energy is focussed on them, swapping business for calm and cosy times with her family.

    What do you think of the concept of Hygge? Will you be trying it this winter? Comment below!