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Everyone Can Use A Little Hygge ("HOO-gah") In Their Life
Hygge is one of 2017’s biggest trends, thanks to a bevy of books published on the subject this year. So what is hygge and why are people so into it?
The term “hygge” (pronounced “HOO-gah”) originated in Denmark, a Scandinavian nation that has been recognized as the world’s happiest country. According to Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge, "Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home."
Hygge is both a decor trend and a lifestyle. It’s all about surrounding yourself with coziness like candles and warm knits, and engaging in comforting activities like having a cup of tea or enjoying a home-cooked dinner with friends.
How to Embrace the Hygge Trend: Tips & Tricks
- Set the Mood with Lighting
Candles are key to creating a hygge atmosphere. According to Wiking, "No recipe for hygge is complete without candles.” Their soft light is flattering and comforting, plus scented candles make your space all the more cozy. We also love fairy lights and white Christmas lights.
- Get Cozy
Dress in your most comfortable jammies and slip on a pair of warm socks. Wrap up in a blanket and enjoy conversation with family and friends. Being hygge is all about being cozy and spending time with loved ones.
- Treat yourself!
Indulge in chocolates, a home-cooked meal, or a glass of wine, whatever brings you comfort! We also love a nice, hot cup of chamomile or peppermint tea as a lighter option.
- Hygge all year
While hygge is certainly associated with cold weather, there are ways to be hygge all year long. Wiking recommends biking, spending time outdoors, and cookouts with friends as hygge activities for warmer days.
Hygge at Home
Need a little help embracing the hygge lifestyle in your home? Here are some of our favorite Danish-inspired pieces.