I recently saw the wonderful Pip Lincolne posting about something called ‘hygge’ on social media. Having no idea what an earth ‘hygge’ was, this piqued my interested. I’m so glad it did, because it turns out hygge is something I’ve always loved but never had a word for.
Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish word, and it translates roughly into English as ‘cosiness’, but it seems to be much more than that. From the reading I’ve done, hygge seems to be about feeling relaxed, at home, and contented. Hygge is the word that describes those warm, fuzzy feelings you get when you’re cuddled up under a blanket reading a book on a chilly day, or enjoying a drink with friends with not a care in the world. I read one article in which it was described as a ‘cosiness of the soul’, which sounds like just about the nicest thing ever.
While it might be a little hard to translate, I feel like it’s something we all experience from time to time, and having a word to describe the feeling might just make us recognise and cherish those moments a little more. So, I did a little scroll through my phone camera, and pulled out a few moments that I think were hygge before I even knew what hygge was. Maybe you have a few moments like these, stored away in your memory? Here are some of mine:
If you’re still at all confused about this mysterious hygge, I’d recommend watching this video in which the Danish hosts rides a bike around Copenhagen and assigns ‘hygge points’ to things. It’s a bit silly and adorable (and it will also help with pronunciation!).
Do you like the sound of hygge? What are your favourite kinds of hygge moments? Do tell! 🙂