What is Hygge?

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Miriam Webster defines hygge as a cozy quality that makes a person feel content and comfortable.  I think of it as a comfortable and cozy state of mind in both thought and small changes to our living space, such as decorating a windowsill. Pronounced hoo ge or hoo guh, depending on which part of Scandinavia you’re in, it’s been a thing in Denmark since the 1800s and the concept itself has been around for centuries. The Vikings referred to it as their safe space

It’s your cozy place; snug, warm, attractive, and a space where you can exhale. The Danes no longer have the monopoly on optimizing living space for optimal contentment

Hygge will change your living space for the better, lift your mood; and if you live in the north where winters are long, hygge will keep you calm while you wait for spring.

Meik Wiking, author of “The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well”, shares the ten principles of the Hygge Manifesto: Atmosphere, Presence, Pleasure, Equality, Gratitude, Harmony, Comfort, Truce, Togetherness and, finally, Shelter.

The present-day science behind hygge involves upping the ante with your reading or hobby space. So, for example, if you enjoy reading by the window, why not make your window space more attractive and calming? 

Here are some practical ideas for making your windowsill more attractive and cozier: A mini-lamp, a few books, an attractive cloth coverlet for the windowsill itself, candles, porcelain teacup, fresh or forever flowers, a plant, even a lava lamp or Himalayan salt lamp, a stand for your phone where you can listen to ocean waves or rain showers, and maybe….your cat! So, whether you’re stuck at home for months on end in the winter, or you would like a year-round window showpiece, why not maximize the vibe?

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Ideas for beautifying your windowsill hygge style:

Let us know what you think!  If you are Danish or happen to be living in Denmark, we would love for you to share your insights.  Share your images if you like.

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