What is hygge... hoo gah.... hoo guh. And how do you even say it? I know, I thought the same thing when I saw it. What is this new thing, hygge? I keep seeing pictures of people with oversized sweat shirts, thick socks and blankets.
So, I did a little research. This is what I have found.
The Basics of Hygge
First you pronounce the word "hoo-gah," or some variation of that. I am sure I still pronounce it slightly off, but if we talk about it in person you will know what I am talking about.
The word is Danish and embodies a mood of coziness and comfort with feelings of wellness and contentment. It is about being present in the moment and recognizing your intentions.
How does this lead to thick socks?
Hygge: thick socks, oversized sweaters, and throw blankets
Hygge's history is in Dane history. The Danes who had long, dark, boring winters. In order to break up the days and maintain community and their well-being, hygge emerged. It is about making yourself physically comfortable with cozy clothes for starters.
So, yes, that means your favorite sweat pants are hygge. The big sweatshirt you swim in and the blanket you wrap yourself in for cozy reading time are all hygge.
But, so are candles, fires places, and comfort food. The idea is to enjoy your surroundings with loved ones in a comfortable setting. It is about being present to your surroundings and experiences. So, yes this means that you don't stare at your phone for the whole experience.
What Hygge Means To Me
Hygge is a part of mindfulness. It is a way to be present, comfortable, and content with what and who you are. I embrace this even in the summer months. You can be comfortable around a bon fire at the beach, or a picnic.
Being around family, friends, being comfortable with your surroundings, your body, and enjoying the company is what hygge means to me. It is method of self-care, as much as it is a way for you get cozy up in the winter months, with a hot cup of coco and a good book.
What Do You Need for Hygge?
Really you don't need any physical items. Just you being present and aware is enough. A cozy blanket, great pair of sweat pants, and a warm drink never hurt. But really how you make yourself feel comfortable, cozy and content are up to you.
If you are interested in some "hygge" gear or are wanting gift "hygge" things to a friend, I would check out the subscription box below!
This is a Hygge box that provides two options when purchasing. Both are reasonable prices, the deluxe for $36.50 and the standard for $28.00. With the standard box you receive 4-5 handpicked seasonal items from around the world. Each box has elements of light (like candles), hot drinks, and a sweet treat. This would be a great gift and reminder to take time to cozy up and be present.