What is hygge?

What is hygge?


The Danish created a certain lifestyle which has been kept invariably for 5 centuries.  Its essence lies in simplicity that brings well-being and inner joy.  The basis of such life is cozy atmosphere.

The Danish created a certain lifestyle which has been kept invariably for 5 centuries.  Its essence lies in simplicity that brings well-being and inner joy.  The basis of such life is cozy atmosphere. It is shaped not by the creative design but by simple and natural things. The harsh Nordic life with so little sunlight is abundant in living fire and cordial relationships. 

Hygge: mood, environment, daily life
Every person deserves to have their own space, a lovely nook where one can reflect, indulge in dreams and hobbies. Nevertheless, hygge does not encourage reclusion. An important part of it is played by regular reunions with relatives and friends. Parents spend a great deal of their time with children, giving up television, internet and telephone conversations in their favour. Live communication, bright emotions and positive attitude to things are of great value.

The interior is based on comfort. If you feel comfortable sleeping on a mattress, it is your individual choice and, therefore, it is right. And someone likes a high bed. Home is decorated with objects made by one’s own hands. Handmade antiques, passed on from previous generations, are highly appreciated.
As the sun sets early in Denmark, each room necessarily has big windows. Plenty of light is welcome. Live fire of classical or bio-fireplace and a large number of candles are preferable. Beeswax candles are often used at daytime, creating the atmosphere of peace and safety.

Each apartment or house is a green corner. A great number of home plants create floral arrangements on tables, windowsills and in hanging flowerpots.

Warm tones, which are predominant in the interior, are believed to chase away the cold and reduce the duration of unfavourable weather.

Food, clothes and other pleasures “according to hygge”
Clothes must be comfortable. Trainers, loafers and moccasins are considered daily footwear as a counterweight to high heels. For the majority of Danish people, going to work by car is not acceptable. A bicycle is more popular on weekdays.

The Danish enjoy treating themselves to good food. Meat dishes, a variety of sweet pastry and natural coffee are priority. Sophistication in meals is necessary in order to impress foreigners in restaurants. As for local people, they prefer simple but nutritious food. By the way, the longer it is cooked, the more it corresponds to hygge.

The simplicity in the household is determined by pottery, apple pies with cinnamon, delicious-smelling roast or stew and the abundance of artificial light. It turns out that we need so little to be happy!
Someone may think that Denmark is a third-world country. Nothing of the sort. Here citizens pay rather high taxes to the budget which are used for good infrastructure-building in local communities, better roads etc. providing high life standards. So, why are people so attracted by simplicity? Here is the philosophy of hygge which is opposed to expensive baubles, luxury cars and cruise holidays.

The Danish believe that the main thing in life is to enjoy simplicity. This is the secret of Nordic happiness. Maybe, we also should appreciate that eternal and those values which will outlast all the modern innovations in progress