What exactly is hygge?
Hygge, pronounced “hue-gah,” is a philosophy of living that’s long been embraced by Danes. The word hygge, which doesn’t have a direct translation to English, is used in many different forms to describe a feeling and certain ambiance. “In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people,” according to the Visit Denmark website. “The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family—that’s hygge too. There’s nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life.”
Here’s why you should embrace hygge
Hygge is being enthusiastically embraced here in America and in the United Kingdom. For people who have a complicated relationship with winter, hygge is shining a new light on the coldest months of the year. If you get cabin fever stuck inside for months, or if you struggle with the winter blues or symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), adding some hygge to your life might be just what you need to make winter more enjoyable. Read on for ways to adopt this mood-boosting Danish trend. (Also check out these natural treatments for seasonal affective disorder.)