With stress levels rising in many countries across the globe, the Danes have established themselves as lovers of calm they consistently top the polls as the happiest people on earth along with many other scandanavian countries, this is all down to hygge.
Frequently described as 'cosiness' or 'togetherness' in English, the term has no literal translation making it almost impossible to pinpoint what Hygge means. Largely defined as more of a feeling or mood more than a specific word, the concept can be interpreted as a mental state rather than a physical one. Simple words like cosiness just dont do it justice with countless moments from slipping into a hot bath to enjoying your morning coffee with a fragrant scented candle lit nearby. You can Hygge with a good book curled up on a sofa or with friends around the fire or dinner table, even places can be hyggeligt (hygge-like)
You dont need to overhaul your interior to make it more hyggeligt, tiny additions to the home can transform any moment. Treating yourself to your favourite coffee, indulging in new bubble bath for long dips by candlelight or putting your favourite photographs on the wall are all instant mood lifters whenever you use/see them, so take the time to enjoy them.
When you think of cosy and warming interiors to create the perfect relaxing moment the mind instantly goes to lusciously soft textures which add another dimension to any interior think chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws and fluffy woolen rugs. Made from the softest of materials from merino wool to cashmere, textured accessories are a huge trend at the moment with layering creating a styled look in any room and when combined with a roaring fire or soft candlelight, there is no setting more hygge.
Whilst Hygge is frequently associated with cosiness, it is a way of life which can be enjoyed all year round. Grab your friends and head to the local park for a picnic or a game of frisbee, or take some time to sit out in the sun with your favourite magazine and a cold drink. Taking everyday dining occasions into the garden is also a must for summer hygge moments to make the most of the sun before autumn rolls in again.
So whatever you are doing take the time to revel in the tiny moments that make you smile and uplift the soul and remember enjoy the space around you.