Here at Cuddledown, we’re connoisseurs of all things cozy. So when we heard about a new trend called Hygge – a trend that celebrates our favorite feeling – we had to check it out ourselves.
Originating in Denmark, “hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga) is a general philosophy, or way of life, described as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”
While that might seem long-winded, some have referred to hygge as “coziness of the soul”, or simply interpreted the quaint expression as “coziness”.
Whatever your definition, hygge-living essentially encourages people to slow down and savor the moment, taking the time to enjoy the finer things in life that fill us with a sense of warmth and gratitude.
Snuggling up with a cozy blanket and a good book? That’s hygge. Relaxing by the fireplace with a glass of hot-cocoa? Hygge. Enjoying a home-cooked meal with friends. Hygge. Creating a cozy candlelit atmosphere as you tuck into your warm comforter and flannel sheets. Definitely hygge.
For many in Denmark, hygge living is a point of pride that embodies a national spirit.
At its core, hygge invites people to focus on the things that really matter in life, such as friends and family, and making sure that you take the time to treat yourself and cultivate an inner sense of peace and well-being.
Luckily, you don’t need a crackling fireplace to experience the full benefits of hygge (although it wouldn’t hurt), you just need a cozy little nook that you can call your own for a brief moment in time. And maybe a relaxing beverage.