The Art of Hygge

You may have recently read my post on the Definition of Happiness – I believe it isn’t something you can define but something you feel.

When you look around at other countries and their cultures, the Danish seem to have hit the nail right on the head without too much compromise when it comes to being happy. They have got the right attitude to a work-life balance and I believe this is something the UK could really benefit from…5 weeks holiday, total flexible working hours and having a designated lunch hour so that EVERYONE gets a break.


Some of you may already know about Hygge, it’s meaning and how it can influence you.

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale” – Hans Christian Andersen 

Simply put, Hygge (hu-gah) is a word that does not have a direct translation to English but describes the feeling of being cosy, comfortable and at peace with the world.


I was recently sent The Art of Hygge – a real coffee table book that can be picked up any time and delved into at any page to increase your awareness of Hygge.  The layout and photography are beautifully put together and reading it alone can give you a little Hygge-buzz!


What I really like about this book is the real variation of simple easy ways of getting a little Hygge into your life – you may already do some of the things they suggest without realising it – my top ten things from the book for ultimate Hygge-ness are:

  • Candlelight – this one is super easy for me!!!
  • Cosy blankets / cosy soft furnishings
  • A warm fire
  • Hot Chocolate with marshmallows
  • A good meal with good friends and conversation spent exploring in the wilds
  • Spending an hour curled up on the sofa with a good book
  • Fresh flowers
  • Fruit Crumble – especially now blackberry season is upon us
  • Picnics – not necessarily just reserved for summer, but in the cooler autumnal months where you might have something warm in a flask such as soup or chilli or jacket potatoes wrapped in foil and something warm and then some hot chocolate in a flask for after
  • Watching the sun rise / set

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breath more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours – Scandinavian Proverb

You can buy the The Art of Hygge book from Amazon for £6.99 – def worth a read!


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  1. hyggejem
    28/09/2016 / 10:21 am

    A lovely review; hygge is such a beautiful idea, isn’t it? And I think we all hygge, we just never named it before. Have you read the other hygge books that have come out since?

    • happywiseowl
      28/09/2016 / 10:37 am

      I haven’t but I’d really like to!!! It’s such an interesting concept

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