As a Dane, I take the concept of ‘Hygge’ for granted. Not only is it an ingrained part of the Danish lifestyle, it is also our favorite go-to word when describing something we like, love, or admire.
- It was so ‘hyggeligt’ to see you the other day.
- Wow, what a ‘hyggelig’ sweater.
- It looked so ‘Hyggeligt’ when I saw pictures from your birthday party.
But what does ‘hygge’ actually mean, and why are the Danes so obsessed with it?! This and many more questions are answered by @MeikWiking in his cozy book – ‘The Little Book of Hygge’.
Through a page-turning narrative, Meik explores the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’, reflects on what makes the Danish some of the happiest people in the world, and guides the readers on how to create more ‘Hygge’ in their own lives.
Here is our take on the highlights from the book.
Denmark’s position as one of the happiest countries in the world has been established many times. But why are the Danes so happy? According to Mike Wiking, a vital part of the Danish recipe for happiness is Hygge.
The word Hygge originates from a Norwegian word meaning ‘well-being’. And this is actually an excellent way to describe ‘Hygge’ since taking part in something ‘Hyggeligt’ (Hygge-like) makes you feel good.
In a nutshell, ‘Hygge’ is a situation with relaxed thoughtfulness. A time where nobody takes center stage or dominates the conversation for long stretches of time. A setting where Everyone is considered equal and acts accordingly. It is a situation where you can feel completely relaxed, calm, and just be yourself.
And there are lots of ways of having a ‘Hyggelig’ time. You can hang out in a ‘Hyggelig’ place, surround yourself with ‘Hyggelige’ things and of course you can spend time with your loved ones.
We hope you will enjoy our animated summary of the book.
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