Hygge – the latest lifestyle trend from Denmark
In our dynamically developing and highly digitized world, there is a lot of stress and strain for all of us. Each new day still seems to get busier and more hectic than yesterday. Under these circumstances, it is understandable that more and more people feel the need to sit back, relax and enjoy the little things in life. This urge for comfort and well-being has never been as widespread as it is now. Sociological research shows that stress levels continue to rise in many countries around the world. But there is one exception – the Danes. You know very well how to appreciate the moment of simple happiness and celebrate the joy of a cozy get-together.
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The Danes have established themselves as lovers of tranquility and they regularly pick up the title of the happiest nation in the world, according to the UN’s World Happiness Report. Without further ado, the Danes place themselves among the favorites in “Living Happy”. It is often argued that this is all due to this nation’s hygge lifestyle. The concept of hygge is based on the lifestyle of this Scandinavian people and reflects their feelings and moods. The hottest trend from the cold north is on everyone’s lips today and the news and updates about hygge style are making headlines everywhere.
The Danish lifestyle is also very popular in Germany. It has spread rapidly in recent years, continuing to cross national borders and gain new fans. Hygge is spreading wherever its concept affects people. And this is happening more and more often all over the world!
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What is hygge?
Where does the term come from?
Pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-gah,” the word is recognizable nonetheless, originally coming from an Old Norwegian term for well-being. The word is mentioned for the first time in old Scandinavian writings from the 18th century and corresponds to the word “Gemütlichkeit” in German. For hygge there are no barriers of time and space. You can live according to this concept of life in winter as well as in summer and feel really good. It is well known that in Scandinavia summer is the shortest season and winter is always long and freezing cold. But it is precisely these harsh climatic conditions that have further developed the Hygge ideas. On cold winter evenings, one likes to sit with good friends over a warm tea or a glass of wine and enjoy an atmospheric atmosphere. The Danes have found the balance between work and life and have developed the philosophy of hygge from this. They appreciate the smallest things in their environment and surround themselves with cozy things. Thanks to this mindset, residents of Denmark, where it is cold and uncomfortable most of the time and there is very little daylight, remain the happiest people in the world.
Have you heard of hygge before?
What does the term mean hygge?
Often described as “gemütlichkeit” or “togetherness” in German, the term has no literal translation, so pinpointing exactly what hygge means would be almost impossible. Broadly defined as a feeling or mood, hygge is more than a specific word. The concept can be interpreted as a mental state rather than a physical one. Single simple words like coziness or togetherness might not properly, not exactly, describe countless moments of pure indulgence, like soaking in a hot tub or slowly sipping your morning coffee while watching the flame of a burning candle nearby. These are just two of the many examples of hygge feelings. You can sit on a comfortable sofa with a good book in hand or chat quietly with friends around the fire or table for hours. Even places can be hygge-like, showing how far the idea has come.
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The hygge feeling
Hygge is an art of living, creating intimacy in any given moment. It’s usually an opportunity for upbeat people to meet, to witness their camaraderie, to enjoy the warmth and coziness of being together. You can also feel a hygge feeling alone, for example snuggling up in the warm home and drinking tea. It relaxes the body and calms the senses. Hygge is an idea that not only fights bad weather and jumps seasonal barriers, but also social ones. This is the way of life in Denmark and every aspect of Scandinavian life is taken into account by everyone there. That’s why sociologists claim hygge has become part of their national consciousness. Danes have discovered the little pleasures in life in all seasons and this is their source of everyday happiness. This is how they face the rest of the world. Ultimately, hygge can be understood as a counter-movement to the constantly evolving technological society and its digitization.
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