The Danish word hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) has no direct or single translation, it can be described as a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. In recent years it has been described as a defining characteristic of Danish culture and many books have been written on the subject.
Hygge has a number of key ingredients – atmosphere, pleasure, comfort and harmony are paramount and come from doing simple things such as lighting candles, baking, or spending time at home with your family: The high season of hygge is Christmas, when Danes don’t hold back with the candles and mulled wine.
Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world.
Why not follow the Danish example and bring more hygge into your daily life!