How to live happily as a Dane. Understanding Hygge.

That Danish word that takes over the world with happiness

Today I’m talking about ONE WORD.. and how this word is helping the Danish people to rank on the top 3 of the happiest people in the world. 

From 2016, you’ve probably heard/ read/ listened about Hygge. If you’re not familiar with this concept, keep scrolling, there’s a small introduction below. 

Chances are you’ve created boards on Pinterest to save hundreds of images about Hygge… You may have read some Mompreneurs articles who constantly repeat the exact same (incomplete) ideas about Hygge. —> aka Hygge is only for Fall and Winter + if you don’t have candles and fairy lights you’re not Hygge. 

There’s nothing far away from truth. Hygge as a Danish word means so much more than a list of items, it’s a feeling. 

You can’t buy it but you can learn it… alone or as a family. It’s a whole way of life where you:

  • wellbeing is your #1 priority
  • enjoy simple pleasures,
  • build your legacy,
  • create memories to pass on
  • unplug from social media
  • de-stress naturally
  • create a safe, warmth atmosphere to rest, recharge

In this ” Danish word to be happy”, I’ll discuss:

  • Some funny & unusual facts about Denmark
  • The word you’d love to pronounce without feeling odd
  • How Scandinavian people live that word on a daily basis (+ what you can do to copy them)

 

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No Idea Whatsoever About What Hygge Is?

 

Therefore, you’ve got no clue about this Danish way of life and, maybe, you’ve never even heard about that Danish word.

No need to hyperventilate. nor to worry. I got your back. 😉

👉🏻 However, if you’re already a Hygge fan, just skip this part and enjoy today’s blog post.

 

Still with me?

 

Ok.. awesome. Time to have fun.

 

What’s Hygge?

 

Let’s try to clarify the word first.

💕 It’s a feeling you can’t buy of safety, warmth, peace, calm, contentment, and everything in between. 💕

It’s a whole guide to craft a cosiness-based way of life for you AND your family based on:

🌟 cosiness,

🌟togetherness,

🌟 and uniqueness,

To me, Hygge is like a roadmap to enjoy simple pleasure, slow down, unplug, and becoming unapologetically yourself.

 

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How do you pronounce it?

 

That’s certainly something you’d like to wrap your head around (at least at some point).

Yet, truth is, no one cares how you pronounce it as long as you can experience it day in and day out.

👉🏻 In short, it’s commonly admitted to be [HOO-GA].

Keep it simple and don’t over complicate the process. If you don’t get it the first time, no big deal.

 

Is there a Hygge lifestyle?

 

YES!! and without the shadow of a doubt.

Likewise, Hygge is more than just a list of things to do & NOT a decor.

🌷 quiet/ introvert? chances are you’re already living a cosiness-based lifestyle (Hygge) without even knowing it. You can model what you’re already good at enjoying that cosy, comfy, and homey feelings 24/7.

🌷 Newbie? and you’d love to implement that simple, decluttered, down to earth, ecofriendly, and comfy way of living for your family, that’s doable.

In short, it’s WHY I created this entire site: to provide you the tools, the resources, and the inspiration to turn your life into a cosiness-based living without adding stress. (Get a weekly dose of cosiness-based pep talk, join #TheHyggeLounge HERE)

🌟 It’s one thing to know what to do... However, it’s a whole new rodeo to apply or to follow through day in and day out. 

 

Where does Hygge come from?

 

Denmark (but the word itself comes for Norway). At some point, in history, Norway and Denmark were one kingdom only.

For the records:

- the first mention of Hygge is circa 1840 (which means Hygge is everything but a fad trends)

- Denmark is ranking on the top 3 of the happiest countries in the world every single year!

- the tax level in Denmark is one of the highest in the world. Yet, the citizens ARE full of happiness.

—> Who doesn’t want to model what the happiest people in the world are doing to be happy, content, and joyful day in and day out?  I swear I do (so does my Great Grand Mother in her journals)

 

Is this only a decor for Fall & Winter?

 

This is a common myth I MUST bust once and for all. Danish people don’t stop living 6 months of the year. They enjoy and practice Hygge ALL YEAR LONG.

As a result, they just adapt what they do. It’s easier to build a snowman in winter and it’s easier to hang out outside in the middle of Summer.

In other words, Hygge (cosiness-based lifestyle) works not only Fall & Winter but also in Spring and Summer.

Want a decor?  Ask a professional to set up a stage… But, you won’t get better in a snap because you own a fireplace and tonnes of fairy lights.

To sum up, if beating anxiety or winter blues was that simple, everyone would be happy and you wouldn‘t need a medication to avoid anxiety.

(Under medication? NEVER EVER stop without a professional help. Asking for help should be your #1 priority. No shame nor guilt to seek for a better health, or a better mental clarity)

Why would you spend $$$ to revamp your living room to look like a country living magazine cover? Want to show off on Instagram?

Having a cosiness-based lifestyle is NOT a popularity contest. No mandatory list of items to buy.

The fact is, Hygge happens in a Moroccan house, a contemporary penthouse, a cottage close to the sea, a tiny house, a small apartment that looks like a boudoir, or a fancy super modern house.

 

Eh… you’re done with the introduction.

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Episode 5: The Danish Word to be happy

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