Get Hygge With It
Updated: Sep 17, 2022
What Is Hygge?
Let's start with how you say it... pronounced "hoo-ga," this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.
If you've ever enjoyed reading a book indoors on a rainy Sunday or a cup of hot cocoa on a snow day, you've experienced hygge without even knowing it.
Hygge is such an important part of being Danish that it is considered "a defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA,"!
"In other words, what freedom is to us . . . hygge is to Danes," Wiking says in his book The Little Book Of Hygge.
This national obsession with all things cozy is credited as one of the reasons why Denmark is always at the top of the list of the world's happiest countries, despite their infamously miserable winters.