Life is a gift. As Voltaire highlights, “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” Celebrating life moment by moment, creates a cozy life that nourishes our souls.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh, not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when you recognize a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special. While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as coziness, charm, happiness, contentment, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simplicity.
To be a “hyggeligt” doesn’t require learning “how to,” buying anything or adopting a certain kind of lifestyle. You can’t buy a ‘hygge’ kitchen and there aren’t ‘hygge’ foods.’ Hygge simply requires you to be conscious in the present moment and savor it! Hygge is also referred to as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends or surroundings).
By creating simple rituals, such as brewing loose leaf tea in a favorite china teacup every morning to visiting the flower shop on Fridays, the Danes see both the domestic and personal life as an art form and not every day drudgery to get away from. They incorporate hygge into their daily life so it becomes a natural extension of living a nourishing life, rather than a forced and stressful event.
The gift of living well is a moment by moment choice. How will you welcome cozy nourishment into your life today?
Interested in learning more about hygge and creating a cozy life? Here are some of my favorite resources:
Learn how to pronounce hygge and how you can create a little more cozy in your life today with this video.
Explore hygge on a deeper level.
Walk alongside others who value hygge and living a cozy life.