"Hygge is as Danish as pork roast and cold beer and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. And let’s not forget the eating and drinking – preferably sitting around the table for hours on end discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps the Danish idea of hygge explains why the Danes are often considered the happiest people in the world?"

"One of the fundamental aspects of Danish culture is "hygge", a concept closely related to "coziness": relaxing with good friends or loved ones, often while enjoying good food and something to drink or creating a more friendly atmosphere by lighting a few candles. Christmas time, when loved ones sit close together on a cold rainy night, is a true moment of hygge, as is grilling a pølse (Danish sausage) and drinking a beer on a long summer evening."
(From Wikipedia)

"The Danish word hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things simply extraordinary; whether it’s making coffee a verb by lingering over a cup to a cosy evening in with friends to lighting a candle with every meal."

My hygge last night; the fire, a cool pear cider, my crochet in a thrifted leather suitcase and my biggest son, reading next to me and talking about life as we never can inside with the TV on.


  1. Hygge should be practised daily I reckon. A warm, cosy feeling about life sounds perfect to me.
    Your evening sounds fabulous.
    Lisa x

    1. It was. I think we should adopt Hygge as an English word. Getting Hyggelig seems to make the Danes happier; it should work on us as well! I like the idea of the appreciation of the little things in life as a source of happiness.

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    1. It is. Getting an outdoor fireplace has been one of the best things I did. There's just something so relaxing about watching the flames. And the pear cider helps too!

  3. Hygge is a lovely concept and I'm really glad you're putting it into practice.

    1. Thank you. It's my Year of Living Danishly.


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