What is Hygge?

What is Hygge?

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Are you seeing the word Hygge all over Instagram and other social media outlets? I started to see it pop up back in 2016 when I stumbled upon the New York Times Article entitled, Move Over, Marie Kondo: Make Room for Hygge Hordes. I remember thinking, how do you even say that word and bigger than the #konmari craze? Could it be? First off, let me save you some time, I assure you, if you haven’t yet, you will hear or see this word soon.

Speaking of the word, I tend to hear a few different pronunciations for Hygge: “hyue-gar,” “hoog-jar” and “hoo-gah”.  Even when you google how to say the word, you hear various responses. In my head, it sounds like “cougar” pronounced with a Boston accent and an H instead of a C, with emphasis on the OO sound.

OK so, now that we still don’t know how to pronounce it, what exactly is Hygge? Essentially, Hygge is a Danish word for all things cozy. For the Danish, Hygge is not a trendy lifestyle movement it is their way of life. Cozy as a way of life… sounds dreamy! When you look it up you’ll undoubtably see pictures of arm knit blankets, cozy sweaters, mugs of tea and dim lights.  Who doesn’t love all of those things?

The said lifestyle movement revolving around Hygge is essentially recommending people make their homes more cozy and in turn they’ll see a positive effect in their happiness and sense of self. Would it work for you?  If you rearranged your living room, for example, and added more cozy blankets & pillows and then committed to, say, a month of evenings with tea, a book and a pair of slippers in lieu of watching a show and scrolling through Facebook- would you feel differently in time?

I’m self identifying myself as a a potential bandwagon jumper right now but there is a book called The Little Book of Hygge written by Meik Wiking and I think I have to read it to further understand this underground movement o’ coziness. Want to join me? Get your copy here!

-xo Jenn


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