Hygge, what a funny word! Yet behind this word which means "intimacy" hides a whole state of mind. And this is the reason why it should not be limited to a Danish concept or an outdated fashion. While everything is accelerating and we feel more than ever the need to slow down, to refocus, to escape stress, Scandinavian hygge - and its cousins for that matter - explains life to us, the real one! Here is your hygge lesson in 10 essentials.
What does "hygge" mean?
The hygge was born among our Danish friends a few years ago to describe an art of living combining simplicity, comfort and benevolence with a notion of warmth, both in terms of interior decoration than human behavior.
The concept has spread all over the world, and has brought in its wake other inspiring movements such as Japanese wabi-sabi, Swedish lagom and Scottish coorie. All have in common a reinterpretation of well-being that finds its roots in simplicity, authenticity, wholeness, return to nature, and comfort.
The wabi-sabi adding its paw on the side of imperfection highlighting the value of vintage things, the wear of time. The coorie insists on the source of well-being and the softness of its "cozy nest". Finally, lagom, a Swedish way of life, brings a touch of minimalism and eco-responsibility to the overall concept of small, simple pleasures that make you happy. Besides lagom translates both by the words "optimal" and "moderate".
Why has the Danish art of happiness become a concept?
Let us return to the quest for happiness in Copenhagen, home of hygge. According to a United Nations report which ranks the happiest countries in the world, Scandinavia trusts the top of the table, and Denmark occupies the third step of the podium in 2019. The Danes, long the happiest people on the planet can so give us some lessons!
And to what is it due? At Hygge of course!
Hygge is therefore a philosophy of life, embodied by a warm, reassuring and comfortable atmosphere at home, by a state of mind very focused on intimacy and benevolence towards oneself and towards others, and a return to the little ones. simple moments that promote fullness and good health.
1. Yoga and meditation
Yes, we beat your ears with the benefits of yoga, meditation, pleasures in full consciousness, but it is our lifestyles that oblige us to do so. As we told you, the acceleration of the rhythms (of life, of work) is such that it is absolutely necessary to take time for yourself. And hygge perfectly embodies this urgency for kindness towards oneself. So yes, we practice gentle activities like yoga and meditation, far from stress.
2. We maintain friendship
No, interaction on social networks is not enough to nourish friendship. We call, we take news, we invite our friends for a moment of sweetness. We interact with kindness and sincerity.
It feels good !
3. We organize a tea party
Especially if it's winter! Knowing how to surround yourself with the right people is an important ingredient in hygge. Just like indulging in small pleasures like a hot drink and a piece of cake. Moreover, the Swedes have established this moment as a real dogma: the flykka. An even more beneficial afternoon tea than the English five o'clock tea.
4. We put hygge in its decoration
On the design side, hygge is embodied by a sense of efficient minimalism, light years away from baroque decor! Wood, light, light, natural materials and light colors are the key elements of the hygge house. And on the accessories side, we have warm plaids on the sofa, the lighting is indirect or even subdued, and we allow ourselves a few candles to add a cozy touch.
5. Take a hot bath
On this point, hygge can slow you down if you indulge yourself too often: the baths were not very green. The ideal is to be able to bathe in a hot spring, outside. There we have reached the nirvana of hygge by combining nature, exterior and comfort. Otherwise, once a month, a good bath with a small glass of wine and soft music, this is a very hygge recipe.