If you have been around Pinterest for as long as I have, you may have already come across this term (and no, it’s not just people slamming letters into their keyboard). The term hygge is actually a Danish word that has many meanings, all of which conjure images of cosiness and harmony. For the people in the know, hygge is often associated with the colder months (snuggling up under a blanket, Christmas lights etc.). But, after researching this Danish concept, it turns out that hygge can occur in all seasons.
With this current pandemic evoking a strong response to practise self-care, I decided to partake in my own little experiment (we all know how much I like an experiment: Sleep Experiment, Self Care Experiment…). I made a note on my phone of activities that can form a feeling of hygge. Now, I know that the best hygge doesn’t come from trying too hard, but the Danes do occasionally go out of their way for that sweet feeling (and they’re the happiest people).
Hot Hygge Ideas:
- Candles (the hygge fave)
- Fresh flowers
- Reading outside
- Ice cream
- Spending time outdoors
- Fresh air
So, did I experience hygge this summer? And, did it make my summer better?
The answer to both questions is YES. Okay, for obvious reasons, this hasn’t been the best summer of my life (I’m looking at you, Rona). However, I have easily achieved all of these little goals and had a great time doing so. Reading Little Women outside, surrounded by flowers and the smell of barbecues seems pretty darn hygge to me (take that winter). These things may seem ordinary to some people, but the joy of eating fresh fruit in the sunshine, with a breeze on your arms, is special.
As we are rapidly approaching autumn (peak hygge season, pals), I will be setting myself a similar goal – because even if Miss Rona decides to fuck shit up, I’ll still have my candle (bitch).
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Featured Image Credit 📷: Kayla Farmer