Everyone has gone crazy for Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) so, what is this Scandinavian concept that's sweeping the UK at the moment? Hygge is actually a Danish word that is "a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day things more meaningful, beautiful or special" (Hygge House). It's a hard one to explain, but if you think about that feeling you get when you're tucked up in a blanket on your sofa with a cup of coffee in hand whilst the rain pours down outside, that's kind of what Hygge is all about. It's comes down to creating a peaceful atmosphere, and feeling comfortable, safe and happy.
The word itself has been around longer than you may think, originally stemming for the language of the Vikings. Hygge was used to describe the feeling of finding shelter. These days it's about home comforts and everyday rituals that provide you with a sense of happiness. Whether that's making a cup of tea with your favourite china or inviting friends over for a delicious home cooked meal.
Here's how to get more Hygge in your life!
Stock Up On Beautiful Candles
Creating a warm, cosy atmosphere is a big part of the Hygge concept, and candles are absolutely essential for creating that warming sense of comfort. As we head into winter, pick up a few earthy scents to fill your room with! From rich amber to sandalwood and spicy cinnamon.
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Snuggle Up In Knitted Throws
Nothing says Hygge more than hiding under a giant throw! Escape the cold and snuggle up in a cosy knit blanket for that ultimate feeling of comfort. The more blankets the better, a hot water bottle is another perfect addition for those chilly temperatures. Add plenty of texture to your lounge by adding fluffy cushions, rugs and a little faux fur.
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Invited Friends Over For Dinner
Good food and even better company offer the perfect Hygge-worthy way to spend an evening. You don't have to stress about cooking a three course meal to perfection though, keep it simple! Cook up a classic hearty dish such as spaghetti along with a few tear and share breads. Wine is of course necessary, and don't forget to light a few candles!
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Get Lost In A Good Book
When it comes to Hygge, it's all about the little things in life. We sometimes neglect our own personal down time, so try and incorporate more 'me time' into your schedule this autumn. Set aside two evenings a week to relax in your favourite loungewear with a hot drink and a book. Turn the TV off, zone out from social media and just enjoy.
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Invest In Luxury Loungewear
Because sitting around in jeans should be illegal. Invest in quality cotton robes, pyjama sets and jumpers for a comfortable outfit to lounge in. Loose fitting, soft clothing is a Hygge essential so be sure to head to your nearest White Company store for a few loungewear staples.
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It's no wonder the Danes have established themselves as one of the happiest countries in the world! Remember that it's all about the small things in life and capturing moments that bring you happiness. So cosy up, light a candle and invite your best pals round - I think we could all do with a little Hygge in our lives this Autumn.