“Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable friendliness with feelings of wellness and contentment.”
But it goes further that this. It is a word difficult to explain in English, but it has to be felt.
I spent a couple of years living in Denmark when I was in my early 20’s and it is something vey much central to their way of living. They place a lot of emphasis on family and having a friendly welcoming home. It doesn’t cost much to create a hygge atmosphere and it can create warm happy technology free family memories.
When I think of something as being hyggelig, I think of candlelight, fluffy slippers, warm fire and hot chocolate. It is something that brings about that warm fuzzy feeling of contentment.
It has become something of a recent phenomenon in this country in recent years, especially on the cold dark nights when people can start to feel rather blue with the lack of sunlight. Creating a hyggelig space in your home can become a winter refuge perhaps with a good book and soft blanket.
There is lots of information on the internet to get you started, or books to inspire you, so get started this winter and start feeling hyggelig!