The Danish Hygge

In the world happiest country a word pops out: Hygge.

Pronounced “hoo-ga” is a famous Danish and Norwegian word without translation to any other language, some even say “Hygge was never meant to be translated – it was meant to be felt”! The closest translation to english is cosiness. But what does it mean? And how can we learn from it?

Its origins: the word “hygge” comes from a Norwegian word meaning “wellbeing”. It first appeared in Danish writing in the 19th Century and has since evolved into the cultural idea known in Denmark and Norway today. For Danish it means “a concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing” – its a psychological definition instead of a physical definition. Maybe here its even a necessity to endure these cold winter months…

So when you are on that cold winter nights, covered in a warm blanket by the fireplace… When you are with your friends and family having a nice dinner… When you are drinking an amazing coffee and just watching the world go by… When you treat yourself with some relaxing time during the day… When you are simply enjoying existence… That is HYGGE!

In Denmark this has become so culturally entrenched in everyday activities, that it has became part of their identity. Its a country where getting to know yourself in those deep moments is prioritised in your routine, in the end, making the ordinary meaningful.

Its cool, isn’t it? So lets learn to get more in touch with ourselves and the world and practice Hygge every day for a happier life!!