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Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world and that’s down to one thing: hygge.
Hygge, pronounced “hue-gah,” is a Scandinavian way of life that celebrates coziness, shared meals, and companionable interactions with loved ones.
Whether it’s making coffee a verb by creating a ritual of making it then lingering over a cup to a cozy evening in with friends to the simple act of lighting a candle with every meal. Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special.
With up to 17 hours of darkness per day in the depths of winter, and average temperatures hovering around 0C, Danes spend more time indoors, meaning there’s greater focus on home entertaining. “Hygge could be families and friends getting together for a meal, with the lighting dimmed, or it could be time spent on your own reading a good book,” says Danish lecturer Susanne Nilsson. “It works best when there’s not too large an empty space around the person or people.” The idea is to relax and feel as at-home as possible, forgetting life’s worries.
Although the winter might be mild and brief here in the UAE, hygge is something that happens all year round. Picnics in the park, barbeques with friends, outdoor concerts, street festivals and bike rides can all be very hygge, especially when done the Danish way.
Here’s 5 other ways you can add a little hygge to your own life…
Create A Hygge Corner
A hygge corner is a space in your house that feels like the perfect little cozy nook. Think cushions, blankets, low lighting and anything else that makes it snug. Use it for reading, meditating or simply relaxing.
Connect With Nature
When we are close to nature we tend not to be so engulfed in technology and are usually in a more mindful and relaxed state.
A hygge tradition is cooking with others. There’s no better way to spend a rainy weekend or afternoon.
Review Your Work Life Balance
The Danes have the best working hours in the world with most of them working around 30-35 hours a week tops.
Use Scents To Your Advantage
Using essential oils in a diffuser will not only make your home smell amazing and increase the coziness factor but they will help relax you and improve your mood.