Hygge Happiness

Hygge 1Have you heard of Hygge? Pronounced ‘Hoo-Ga’ it’s a Danish expression for coziness. But Hygge is so much more than that. Hygge is a movement, a way of life. Hygge is an enjoyable evening with friends, it’s candle light, it’s a warm cup of tea on a chilly morning. I recently picked up ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ by Meik Wiking and found it fascinating. Denmark is often said to be one of the happiest countries in the world, and many say it’s because of Hygge. There is something so wonderful about this concept. One I think we should all explore more. How to make your life more hygge, and happy. It’s fairly simple.
Hygge 5Many countries have their own take on Hygge. My second language is Afrikaans, which is similar to Dutch and spoken in South Africa. It’s such an expressive language, and there are just some words that don’t translate properly into English. (This is true of so many languages.) One of my favourites is ‘Gesellig’. It describes the enjoyment of hanging out with good friends that is comfortable and relaxing.

When I was looking through the Hygge book it showed examples of other words from different countries similar to hygge. In Holland, the word is Gezellig. In Poland it’s Koselig. Both are so close to the Afrikaans word. In Canada, they say it’s called Hominess. Comfortable, cozy, a feeling of being content, Hygge is about creating an atmosphere. Here are some of the ways I’m making my mornings more Hygge.

Hygge 7A warm cup of something delicious
When Meik Wiking’s team did a survey among Danes, 86% associated Hygge with a hot beverage. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate or mulled wineΒ – enjoying a warm drink is very Hygge. The Danes do love their coffee and there is even such a thing as Kaffehygge (coffee + hygge) as in come over for cake and kaffehygge.

Candle Light
A lit candle is said to be instant Hygge. I have a tray of candles on rotation, and will often light one in the evening. That saying that ‘everyone looks good by candlelight’ is true! Quite a few of you sent me messages to say you’ve never owned a Diptyque candle. Although I have yet to actually light this one, the smell instantly makes me happy. I would highly recommend picking one up for you home. Even if it’s just to be instagrammed!

Cozy Clothes
We all have clothes to wear around the house. For most of us, this often consist of sweats and sweaters we’d rather not have anyone see us in! La Vie En Rose sent me this beautiful pajama set for Spring, and I was so happy to receive it. The robe is so lovely to wear around the house, with some cozy socks or ‘Hyggesokker’.
Hygge 4Sweet Treats
Cakes and pastries are a big part of Hyggeligt (Hygge-like.) The Danes love their sweets and very much associate it with Hygge. For this ‘Hygge’ morning I picked up some Laduree macarons. Delicious and so photogenic!

I had such a relaxing Easter long weekend, and the word Hygge came to mind a lot. Sleeping in, drinking that extra cup of coffee, going for brunch with good friends. In the end, Hygge is whatever makes you feel comfortable in your space. Beautiful furniture, cozy blankets, fresh flowers. It’s very personal. What makes your life more Hygge? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Adore this post and there’s nothing I love more than coziness!! We’ve been adding a lot of new touches to our home (still & always) and focusing on upping our cozy game… it really does make all the difference!! Plus, couldn’t agree more… candles, cozy clothes and yummy treats are the perfect accompaniment. And love your La Vie En Rose PJ set, that pattern is so pretty / feminine!! xo


    • Thank you Veronika! I love that you’re upping your cozy game at home. So good to do at the start of a new season.

  • Ooh, I so love this! I love desserts. This looks cute too.

    • Thank you!! Macarons are so photogenic πŸ™‚

  • These desserts are lovely! Your cup is gorgeous and I love this post so much πŸ™‚ This is the perfect way to be cozy πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Heather. That mug is one of my favourites πŸ™‚
      Appreciate you stopping by my blog xo

  • I haven’t heard of Hygge, but it sounds like it’s speaking my language. Candles and coziness are perfection to me!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • You’ll love it! It’s such a wonderful concept. Definitely have a flip through the book next time you’re at a book store. It’s the perfect coffee table piece. Thanks for stopping by my blog Brooke xo

  • This is great inspiration, love the message of this post!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Thank you Luci. Hope you have a lovely weekend xo

  • Mahi Chaurasia

    great post… my favorite

    • Thanks Mahi! Hope you’re having a ‘Hygge’ weekend πŸ™‚

  • First off, I had no idea that’s how it’s pronounced, so thank you for mentioning that b/c I’d sound ridiculous trying to tell someone about it, lol! I’ve heard of this book before, everyone really seems to love it and feel inspired to live a more relaxed and simple life after reading it; I’d definitely be interested in reading it myself some day! Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



    • Oh you are welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. It’s the perfect inspiration book for nesting too, before your baby arrived. You’ll love it πŸ™‚

  • Taylor

    Such gorgeous photos! I definitely have to check out this book!

    • I would highly recommend picking it up! It’s the perfect coffee table book, one you can pick up and just flip through.
      Thanks for stopping by Style Calling xo

  • I need to pick up this book πŸ™‚ I’ve been wanting it since you shared about it on IG. We are all about the cozy and I totally believe that it sets the mood for being happy!

    • Yes, you should get it!! It’s such a goodie.The whole concept is so wonderful. It’s also only $15 from Indigo πŸ™‚

  • Emily Taylor

    I love this! Definitely want to read the book now!

    xo, emily

  • Monica Lavin

    I’ve heard so much about this and looking forward to reading the book.