How to get Hygge in 4 simple steps

How to get Hygge seems to be the thing everyone’s talking about at the moment. So what exactly is it, what does it mean and more importantly, how do we get it in our lives?

We’ve been investigating all things Hygge and it seems to mean slightly different things to different people. With that in mind, here’s some thoughts canvassed from our Scandinavian friends at Paprika Gifts:

  • It’s difficult to pin down but Hygge’s more a feeling or an atmosphere.
  • It’s what everyone wants to achieve to help escape the pressures of modern life.
  • It’s relaxed, cosy and comfortable.
  • Hygge can also be social – catching up with friends and family to share food, stories and experiences.
  • It can also be about doing things, and doing things together like going for a walk or making Christmas decorations with friends and family – it’s that sharing thing again.

Softness is the key – use candles and soft lighting, cushions and blankets; things to help you relax and unwind. Books and journals, and photos of family and friends that bring to mind wonderful memories are great too – perfect for getting a bit of Hygge in your life.

jellycat_fluffy_bunnySo how can we bring a little Hygge into our lives?

  1. Family and friends: They are at the very heart of Hygge so make time to be with them, sharing food and fun, indoors or outdoors. It’s all about the memories you make.
  2. Time: Take time for yourself to relax and unwind, perhaps creating that special Hygge place in your home where you can pull on your woolly socks curl up with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and just chill.
  3. Atmosphere: Add atmosphere Danish style, fill your life with softness by adding candles, fairy lights, cushions, throws and blankets.
  4. Keep cosy: Keep cosy outdoors too with scarves ponchos gloves and woolly knits.

And finally, Johnny Jackson in his book “The Art of Hygge” (available from Paprika Gifts) describes Hygge as: 

“A Danish word that describes the feeling of being cosy, comfortable and at peace with the world. It’s almost impossible to translate into English, but this concept might explain why Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world.”

If you love the sound of Hygge you might like to browse our Home Collections – see if you can spot our favourite Hygge items there.