Hygge I'm in love
By Tricia Scott
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh, not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special - Hyggehouse.com
I simply adore a cosy home space. So when I came across the concept of Hygge I was more than intrigued. It was one of those things, once I'd seen the word it was everywhere. The universe was delivering it to me all over the place. I'd read about it mostly in relation to home comfort but in fact what I discovered is that it's much more than that. Hygge is the feeling you get from all of the little things; your favourite tea in a china cup, freshly brewed coffee, linen napkins instead of paper, candles on dark winter nights, cable knitted throws when it's snowing outside, a great home cooked meal with friends - that's Hygge.
Hygge relates to the things that lift our spirits in a very simple but profound way. The things that bring you back to the present, to the moment, to consciousness and it's really quite beautiful. Hygge is not something you buy, you can't bring it home with you from the shops, and you don't learn how to do it, you simply enjoy it, right in the moment.
The pursuit of everyday happiness.
At the time of writing summer is ending and the dark nights are setting in, researching Hygge is making me want to light my favourite White Company candles, bring out the sofa throws and cuddle up with my cat Rockstar in front of the fire. The thought of it makes me sleepy and content. In fact, I might just pop off and make myself a Lavender tea in my favourite mug too.
It comes as no surprise to me that Denmark is regularly voted one of the happiest countries in the world.
Hygge, I am indeed in love.