You know how the internet has the habit of grasping a new product or concept and it feels as though everywhere you look everyone is involved and you’re not sure if you got the invite or not? Well that seems to be happening with Hygge.
So what is Hygge? And why is everyone talking about it? Today I’m going to give you the highlights so you can decide whether or not you need a bit of Hygge in your life.
First up, it’s pronounced Hoo-gah. I know, weird.
It’s a Danish word that refers to a mental state of coziness, conviviality and togetherness, often in the heart of Winter.
Hygge is essentially mindfulness conceptualised into the everyday life, Scandi style.
So do you need to get involved?
Personally, I think everyone could benefit from a little more Hygge.
Hygge is basically the principle of simplicity and mindfulness contributing to fulfillment and happiness. It isn’t a new concept, but perhaps it is more digestible that being told simple to ‘be mindful’.
You can achieve more Hygge in your life through candles, soft lighting, warm tones, glowing lamps, cosy furnishing and throw cushions, warm drinks, cups of tea or flasks of coffee, a crackling fire, good friends and a calm atmosphere. Hygge is about simplifying life, being cosy and being aware of a good moment. Stopping to enjoy the simple pleasures.
Life is now, right in the very second as you are reading these words, that is life. There’s no before or after that you need to worry about right in the moment. That my friends, is mindfulness. Don’t waste this moment you have worrying about what the next second might bring, or next week, or next month, or year. This, right here today is your life and you can do with it what you please. Revel in the feel of it. The texture. The atmosphere. The sights and smells all around you and appreciate this beautiful stillness for what it is: life.
I think everyone can benefit on focusing on the now. Ask yourself what was good about today, whether that’s a nice comment, a sweet message, a pretty sky, a tasty lunch, a warming cup of tea, a comfy bed, cosy socks, twinkling fairy lights. All of those small things can add up to a pretty special day, but they can often go unnoticed if you’re not careful. Live the little things.
I think embracing Hygge is a great way to become more mindful and conscious of the present, as in my experience mindfulness takes a lot of practice and isn’t naturally the way my brain works.
If you feel you’re always focusing on the future, worrying about problems, feeling anxious about upcoming events, researching Hygge would be a good starting point for you.
You can find some books to get you started here. Read about it, absorb it, practice it and you’re likely to become happier and more fulfilled in your everyday moments.
Be present. It is the only moment that matters.