Hygge living – Bring the Danish living trend home and live happily

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According to the latest UN survey “Worlds Happiness Report 2017”, which is carried out annually to identify the countries with the happiest populations, Norway takes first place in 2017 and just manages to overtake Denmark. The fact is that the two countries’ results are very close. How do the Danes do it? In fact, the explanation is pretty simple: it’s the Danish concept for happiness, “hygge”. If you are curious to learn the principles of the Danish philosophy of life and to uncover the secret of wellbeing, then stick with it and find out below how you can also live hygge.

What does “hygge” mean?

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The word “hygge” or “hyggelig” in Danish stands for comfort, warmth, coziness and convenience. This word is difficult to pronounce and sounds like “hühge” with a soft “g”. Hygge living is actually the concept around which the life of the Danes revolves. Unfortunately, there is no exact German translation of the word to describe this term in all its complexity. Of course, that shouldn’t prevent us from pursuing the Danish happiness and testing this concept.

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Hygge should be understood as a holistic lifestyle. This is about well-being, pampering and enjoyment. For the Danes, living hyggelig means the joy of being surrounded by people who are close to our hearts, the happiness of sipping hot chocolate in front of the fireplace and wearing warm, fluffy socks. The Danes have integrated this attitude into their lives in order to escape the depression and feel good during the long, cold, dark winter.

Live hygge and be happy

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The desire to feel secure and to live happily is of course not only reserved for the Danes. Read a book in front of the crackling log fire, sip a glass of wine by candlelight, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with your children or take the cat on your lap and pamper them. Hygge experts believe that such regular rituals make up the art of happiness.

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The Danish recipe for a happy life is based on the principle of finding joy in the little things in everyday life, having fun and focusing on what we have and not what we are missing. The rules, basic principles and numerous tips of the Danish hygge concept are summarized in the famous “Hygge Book” by Mike Wiking, Director of the Institute for Happiness Research in Copenhagen.

How can you make yourself “hyggelig” at home?

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Although hygge is a way of life, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do something to make your own walls nice and cozy. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to bring that hygge feeling home. You can influence the ambience with the help of a few living accessories so that your home becomes more cozy and secure and a happy, positive atmosphere is created.

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A quick and accessible way to add a touch of hygge to interior decor is with candles. Spread several candles around the home or, why not, at work, and enjoy the warm candlelight. Real therapy at a low price, right? The twinkling lights in Denmark can be seen everywhere on the windows, not only in houses, but also in banks, shops and kindergartens.

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The little joys in everyday life and thus the hygge attitude to life also include hot drinks. Whether coffee, tea or chocolate, the happiest people in the world do not hesitate to enjoy a delicious and beneficial drink. It’s not just about the contents of the cup, but about the moment of relaxation and enjoyment that you indulge in.

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Pleasant conversations about the sunny side of life, as well as eating and drinking together, are just as important components of hygge living. The Dane is known as the “Italian of the North” and, like the southern Europeans, guests are always welcome. Hospitality, cooking together with family and friends without rushing is simply part of the hygge culture. The lovingly prepared dishes are just as enjoyable. As big consumers of sweets and pastries, the northerners do not hesitate to enjoy a chocolate piece of cake.

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Your apartment should create space for being with family, friends and people you love and love to be around. A large dining table and matching chairs offer you the opportunity to entertain many guests. A lavishly laid table with beautiful decorations, wooden boards and rustic crockery fits perfectly into Danish hygge. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t need to polish the wine glasses, because hygge is casual.

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If you want to live hyggelig, you should consciously take time for yourself. Wear comfortable clothes, put on soft trousers and a comfortable sweater and don’t forget to complete your cozy outfit with fluffy and warm woolen socks. Spread large pillows on the floor near the fireplace, lean in comfortably, and cover yourself with a fluffy, coarse-meshed blanket. Now nothing stands in the way of you concentrating on yourself and enjoying the feeling of serenity and warmth to the full.

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As already mentioned, decoration plays an important role in the hygge trend. During the cold and dark months, Danes spend most of their time at home. An impersonal, gray and dreary interior around them would be quite unfavorable. By inserting various decorative objects, you can make yourself very hygge, in other words comfortable. Of course, it is not necessary to redesign the entire room right away.

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A small, nicely furnished corner is completely sufficient to find the joy of life again and to drive away the bad thoughts in everyday life. Ideally, this cozy corner and the place to relax should be near the fireplace or window. A comfortable armchair or a bench invite you to linger, but are not a must. The main thing is that you feel comfortable there. Lots of soft pillows, furs, plaids and poufs are accessories that invite Nordic cosiness into your home.

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Avoid bright colors and flashy patterns when decorating, and eliminate any sign of clutter. With hygge living you keep things simple. In terms of color, the hygge living style is based on Scandi chic. The neutral color palette is preferred here. Soothing tones such as gray, white, beige and brown must dominate the decor. Accents in delicate pastel colors also cut a fine figure. Green and blue are also used here.

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To create a feel-good atmosphere around you, you can hang photos of unforgettable moments in your life on the wall and let yourself be infected by the positive emotions every day. Whether as XXL wall art, wall poster or an attractive, self-created collage, these pictures will reflect your special moments and match your thoughts.