What Is Hygge?
Picture this: It's cold outside. You're curled up next to the window in a pair of cashmere pajamas with your favorite winter classic. Your firewood-scented candles are lit, Sinatra's on the turntable crooning "Let It Snow!," and there's a steaming cup of cinnamon tea in your hand. That, friends, is Hygge.
The cozy concept is taken from the Danish word hygge (pronounced "hoo-ga") that has neither an official definition nor an English translation. To sum it up, it's all about surrounding yourself with things that make you feel snuggly and content—to the point that your entire life improves. And that's the beauty of it all: Hygge can be anything you want it to be, whether it's solo time in a face mask or a low-key potluck with friends.
Take as much time as you can to be thankful for the calming moments, spaces, and people in your life.
Denmark is serious about its Hygge: its residents burn more candles per capita than any other European nation; it's home to the Hygge-loving Happiness Research Institute of Copenhagen; and its doctors are known to prescribe Hygge as a common-cold cure. So we have some catching up to do.
Surprisingly, this celebration of coziness pays off in a very real way: Denmark consistently ranks as the happiest nation in the world. Focusing on warm, fuzzy feelings and practicing gratitude on a daily basis has led to less materialism, better mental health, and stronger interpersonal relationships.
So, How Does One…Do Hygge?
Let's start with your surroundings. Do you come home to a the decorative equivalent of a hug? If not, it's time to invest in a fluffy throw blanket, some soft lighting, wooden and leather furniture, and a slew of woodsy candles—if not for the comfort, then for the atmospheric Snap stories.
Next, it's time to check your attitude: take as much time as you can to be thankful for the calming moments, spaces, and people in your life, especially now that those quiet moments may be increasingly rare, with the hustle and bustle of the holidays well on their way.
Want to bring more Hygge into your life? Here are some of our favorite Hygge-conducive products that can help you bring the calm, cozy vibes home.