Hygge, it’s all about the hygge. Everywhere you turn people are chattering on about hygge, how to hygge, what you need to hygge, food to eat whilst hygge-ing (is that a word?) you might wonder just what all the fuss is about… well, I’ll start at the beginning.
Drawn in by the lure of hygge, the comfort of cosiness and wondering what everyone was banging on about, I bought a book, The Little Book of Hygge. It arrived, I immediately made vanilla coffee, for added yum, helped myself to a white chocolate studded brownie from the cake stand and headed off to my cosy place (bed) to devour all three – coffee, cake and book.
Hygge is all about living well and being happy and creating opportunities in your life to do little cosy, relaxed, chilled out nice things. Enjoying time together (or alone) feeling safe, snuggly, lighting candles, treating yourself to nice food and being at one with happy!
And what did I learn from this book? Well, it took me right back to being a little child. To coming home from school on a cold wintery afternoon, with icy cold legs, rosy cheeks and walking into my old house, In my mind I could hear the front door closing, the way it used to sound, I hung up my coat on the banister and ran into the grandma’s kitchen (… both grandma’s lived with us when I was little and they had their own little kitchen in our big old house)
The kitchen was warm, my grandma would rub my cold cheeks with her warm hands, I snuggled onto the cushioned bench by the kitchen table, the stove was burning away. The kitchen was warm and had a scent of sweet, rich fruit cake and on the table, the tea was brewing in a pot. We chatted about our day, we played snakes and ladders. We laughed.
And now… wow. Fast forward ‘cough’ 30 something years. In our exhaustingly over busy, over complicated lives, speckled with sterility of technology, gadgets and even virtual reality, we’re having to relearn something which we actually once had but has been long since forgotten.
It made me think about the bedtime stories I enjoyed reading to my kids the most – the Shirley Hughes books, Alfie and Annie Rose. And why were these my favourites? Because they reminded me so much of something I used to have. Cosiness, homely, snuggly feelings.Hygge.
Is The Little Book of Hygge a life changer? I think so. Well, it’s a life adjuster anyway, it’s made me look at my life, how I spend my days, everything I pack into them and how we’re all so busy working, squeezing things in, rushing here, there and everywhere, we often overlook the simple things that make our souls happy.
So from now on, I’ll be getting my hygge on a whole lot more, making the house cosy, lighting those candles and drinking hot chocolate snuggled up with my babies…. oh and cake, I think the book mentioned the happy Danish like to eat cake, oh and bacon…
Here’s the link to the book on Amazon in case you need a little Hygge reminder of your own. The Little Book of Hygge – The Danish Way to Live Well.
PS… I even felt hygge-ish writing this, cosy, warm, soothed and full of thoughts of nice things to do. Hygge is contagious!