Happy Sunday guys! Today it’s time for a brand new blog post. Not gonna lie but I’ve been planing this post for a little while now, because I want it to be as good as possible. If you don’t know this already then I’m from Denmark aka. I’m a Dane. Most people think of Lego, Copenhagen or beer when they hear Denmark (not too proud to be associated with beer not gonna lie). But, like any other country Denmark is SO much more then that. I could write a 1000 paged essay about Denmark, but I am going to spare you for that (which you should be thankful for – haha) Now, today’s topic as you can read by the title is the word “hygge”. A word that us Danes have been using for ages, but has recently become a world famous word. But what is it? How do you hygge? And what’s so special about it? All these questions I’ll hopefully have answered by the end of this post. Enjoy!
So bottom line. What the hell is “hygge”? Well, hygge is a feeling everyone feels when they’re with good company, feeling comfortable and cozy. It’s actually as simple as that, the thing is just that we have one certain word for this instead of a whole sentence. I’m sorry if you were expecting something really out of this world feeling that only Danes could feel. I mean it would be pretty cool right, but thanks to science we know that that’s not how things actually work.
Now, not too long go (I say this and I’m actually talking like 3 months ago – jesus times flies) I finished the ever so famous book: “The little Book of Hygge” by Meik Wiking (oh, that’s another thing Danes are often associated with… Beers and wikings. Don’t we just sound like great company? – haha) When I first started reading it, I didn’t really know what to expect because often articles about hygge says stuff like: “Wear all-black outfits” or “Eat this special danish called ‘Tebirkes’ and you will feel the hygge“. Like no, that’s not how you feel hygge. Like the book says, hygge is found or made (don’t know…) when you’re:
- With good company aka friends or family.
- Not feeling stressed by some deadline or special schedule.
- When nothing is rushed. What I mean by this is that if you’re hosting a dinner let your friends help you, otherwise it’s gonna be you running around like a headless chicken trying to make everything perfect, but in real life you’re not enjoying it at all and neither are your friends.
- If it’s sunny and warm go outside for a picnic. If it’s rainy and miserable then stay inside and drink hot cocoa.
- Make yourself comfortable, whether that’s lighting a 100 candles, making warm dishes, sit in a window with your favourite book or watching Netflix under a blanket.
Now, what makes it so special? I know I may have made hygge sound a little disappointing so far, if so then I’m really sorry and I’ll try to make it better now. Hygge is without a doubt my favourite feeling, word and expression. Even though I may made it sound easy, it actually takes effort but in a relaxed and enjoyed way. I think I’ll have to give you a few examples of my hyggeligste (it means the most hygge) moments.
- This week’s Wednesday I went to the park with to of my best and newest friends. What made it so hyggeligt (again I still means hygge) was that I asked them what they were up to after school and if they wanted to grab an ice cream and head for the park. Both of them hadn’t anything planned except a work out at 5pm. However, it ended with us being at the park from 3-8pm laughing, eating, deep talk chatting and running around with a football. Like spontaneous things like those are my absolute faves.
- When me and my friends had a spontaneous Harry Potter marathon. Again, it was like a “what are you up to after school?”-thing and us ending up eating pizza and sweets, whilst watching Voldemort trying to kill Harry for bloody eight films and still not succeeding at the end – haha. It was hyggeligt because the dinner was easily made (or picked up), the company was great, it was spontaneous and we were all cozied up under our duvets.
- When I hosted a picnic for a bunch of my friends. This was honestly one of my favourite days of 2017. The food was absolutely divine, again friends are great company, the sun was shining and my mum and I had prepared the food the day before, so nothing was stressfull at all.
I think you’re now well educated in the-hygge-vibe. If you enjoyed this post then please like it to let me know. I would love to write more about Denmark and Danes but only if it’s stuff you’d like to read. Please leave a comment letting me know what you thought of this post. Also feel free to follow my blog, I post every single Sunday and I’d love for you to join my little community. Until next Sunday, take care!
Karen W. xx