What the Hygge?

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) seems to be everywhere at the minute but just what exactly does it mean? I’ve put together a definition of it and how you can bring parts of the Danish way of living well into your life. 

Hygge, a Danish word, roughly translates as cosiness but there’s a lot more meaning behind it than that. We don’t actually have a word for it in English but we definitely know the feeling. To me, it’s that feeling of being sat in front of the fire with your hands cupped around a hot chocolate surrounded by friends and family or maybe being sat with your friend in a coffee shop, wrapped up in jumpers and scarves, drinking a chai latte whilst talking about the big and small things in life.

It’s said that the Dane’s are considered the happiest people in the world. They take those little moments and appreciate them a whole lot more. It’s about acknowledging the moment you’re in, always being present. I feel like it’s the Danish way of being mindful.

If you want to include some moments of hygge into your daily routine here are some ideas:

  • drinking a cup of tea
  • wearing woolly socks
  • sitting in candle light
  •  sitting by the fire
  • cuddling your pet

Do you have any moments of hygge in your day? If not, try it! Let me know what works for you!

Lucy Steel


  1. How lovely! I want to feel this all day everyday. I love snuggling under a blanket with a cup of tea and biscuits!


    1. Oh me too! You feel even more cosy knowing that it's cold outside too! :)

  2. We could all benefit from a bit of this every day. The Danes clearly have the right idea


    1. Something as simple as acknowledging the cosy moment you're in! Doesn't sound too hard does it?