Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah): often described as a Danish word for making ordinary moments seem more meaningful and being aware of a moment, whether it’s simple or special. This can be time with family, a hot cup of tea after a hard day’s work, fluffy socks, anything that makes you aware, and happy.
The first thing that came to mind when I looked up this trend is that I actually do live like this day to day. I once read about doing things with intention, and it stuck with me, even if it’s just sipping a cup of tea. I become so aware sometimes that I feel happy I’m there, in that moment, however simple it might be. My balcony is the ultimate hygge spot for me, where I light candles, sit by fairy lights, read or write and am often covered in a chunky blanket. Those little moments are perfection to me. I also always try to embrace even the tiny, seemingly insignificant things.
From all of this, I can only conclude that I am already living the hygge life.
It’s said that there is no English word to describe ‘hygge’ though. Except there is, the main one being content. In those moments of pure bliss, I am content.
So why has this word become so popular in the UK this year? The cynic in me wants to point out that there are a lot of new books cropping up for sale (which I still want to look at btw!), but I think it would be over simplifying things to blame it all on marketing – although I’m sure that’s playing a massive part in your need to #hygge.
However, I think when something becomes so popular, so fast, there has to be a deeper meaning. Firstly, it makes people feel part of something bigger, a community. If you understand and embrace new trends, you feel like you’re opening your mind to new things. Some people call it jumping on the bandwagon, but I don’t think it’s fair to say that that’s what everyone is doing. I think the reason hygge is so popular is much more likely about the need to slow down.
Wellbeing, once a word that seemed reserved for hippy types, is much more widely spoken about now. However, despite people knowing that they need to take care of themselves, we’re still all pretty bad at it. I may have the ability to switch off from the world and relax for my little moments of contentment, but I am still incapable of maintaining my well being completely. I am still up at 1am writing this post instead of getting the sleep I know I need.
If a book or a trend is able to make people stop and re-evaluate, that’s incredible. However, I think when you rely on a book or a trend to gain a feeling of contentment, once the hype disappears, it’s easy to slip into your old ways, again ignoring your body and mind’s need to take some time out. The reason I’m being so miserable about hygge is because because it’s always been here, some people just didn’t realise it. If a trend or a book helps people to embrace those small moments, then that’s great. I’m happy it exists if it’s helping people feel more content and happy. However, I think we should stop looking for answers elsewhere and think more about our own personal needs.
If you do want to embrace this feeling anyway, whether you call it hygge or not, there are a few things you can do:
– Surround yourself with people who make you feel good. Easier said than done, but make sure that you take some time out with the people you love being around.
– Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
– Make yourself your favourite drink, turn off your phone and sit for a while with a good book or film.
– Choose comfortable clothes to lounge in and try to make your home more cosy.
– Light candles, a perfect way to relax.
– Take your time. You rush enough, take a little longer to get somewhere or to eat.
– Enjoy hobbies. Hobbies can be an addition to life or an escape, but taking time to do something you’re passionate about can only be a good thing.
What do you think? Do you think that hygge is just hype or do you think there’s more to it? Do you live the hygge life or would you like to?