Live Your Life The Danish Hygge Way!

Hygge is more than just having a cozy room to sit in and read a good book while sipping hot chocolate. The Danes believe it is important to have a life that is simplistic, a time to wind down and slow down the pace of a person’s life.

How To Live All The Time Experiencing A Life Of Hygge!

The new word that is being used around many circles of people is called “hygge”. The word is not knew and it derives from a 16 century Norwegian term “to create well being”. In 2016 the word “hygge” was on “The Oxford Dictionaries” word of the year shortlist. The word is pronounced as “hoo-ga” or “hoo-guh” and is a Danish term which is translated to a single meaning of feeling cozy or comfortable. This could be the reason why Denmark is named the “happiest place on earth”.

According to Wikipdeia Hygge comes from a Norwegian word meaning well being and it refers to a form of everyday togetherness. Many of us here in America never have the opportunity to experience hygge in our lives. We are constantly struggling to outdo each other or live in a world of (OCD) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder where we are caught in a cycle of obsession and compulsion which trigger negative reaction, depression and selfishness.

How can we bring hygge into our lives?

We all need to bring some hygge into our lives. When most people start talking about this term or researching the term the first thought that enters a person’s mind is the coziness of being wrapped up with your soulmate in a cozy blanket in front of a warm fireplace, sipping a glass of red wine on a cold winter night. Many of the Scandinavian countries are considered where a good portion of the year is considered winter. Maybe this is why we associate this Danish term to winter and warm fireplaces.

The noun “hygge” means being nice, cozy, safe and it refers to a psychological state and the antonym translates to being “scared”. We need to find ways for us to be content with what we have and change our lifestyle to be more like the Danes in Denmark and take on the culture of having a cozy simplistic lifestyle. With summer being here now how do we bring contentment and coziness to our own homes and keep this lifestyle running in our blood all year around?

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere.

Turn off the television, put down the cell phone and turn off the games and invite friends over for dinner and an old fashioned card game or board game. A sense of togetherness is a part of being hygge.

  • Food is comfort.

What speaks to the soul more than homemade food? Twenty years ago potlucks were a big hit for families, potlucks bring togetherness. Today many of us don’t get together for family birthdays or the holidays anymore. What happen to the days of the whole family sitting around the dining room table enjoying Thanksgiving and Christmas?

Nothing speaks more about hygge than comfort food, family, and friends on a Saturday evening sitting around a bonfire even in the middle of summer.

  • Go outdoors and enjoy nature.

Hygge is not strictly about winter, the Dames practice hygge all year long. God gave us nature for a reason and we need to take advantage of what God has given us and enjoy it. Taking a walk, having a picnic, kayaking or boating, fishing, backyard parties, pool parties, nature photography, these are all relaxing things that bring togetherness.

  • Create an inviting atmosphere.

Spring and summer bring on a chore called spring cleaning. The idea of this is to declutter your home and make it an inviting comfortable space that people will feel relaxed in. Clean out the clutter and unnecessary items that makes the room feel uninviting. You may consider repainting the room with calming colors, have dim lighting, soothing music playing in the background, and have candles burning. The Danes burn about fifteen pounds of wax per year according to Wiking. This means turn down the lighting and light candles for a more calming atmosphere.  

  • Conclusion

Hygge is more than just having a cozy room to sit in and read a good book while sipping hot chocolate. The Danes believe it is important to have a life that is simplistic, a time to wind down and slow down the pace of a person’s life. Hygge needs to start at home, this does not mean that you need to live a life of a minimalist but create a space or place that conveys a positive atmosphere. Make your home inviting, where friends and family will want to come and spend time. It is important to understand though, hygge is an experience and a lifestyle change. The tips above will only inspire hygge all the while helping you to appreciate the life you presently live.

Posted by Tom

I have always had an enthusiasm for homesteading and for living off the grid even though I live in a combination of country and urban setting. Living in Central Florida north of the big cities we have the best of both worlds, country and the conveniences that a person would have living in a large urban city. I personally have had a concern about our weakening economy and how it effects each and every-one of us. The second thing that I have a concern about is how most of the world view’s our country and what may happen one day here in the United States. My Life Experiences I was raised by parents that grew up during the great depression, they passed onto me what life was like and how people had to live during this time period. My family were farmers, gardeners, and homesteaders, they were raised this way and they passed onto me these qualities. I also have family members that live totally off the grid. They live in the North Woods of Minnesota which is a great location for living off the grid. The Southern Homesteader is a passion of mine, I love passing on and sharing information about cooking, news, being self-sufficient, living off the grid, canning, food storage, budgeting, and much more. Since this blog is a passion of mine I am constantly adding and tweaking this site to be a better resource for you. More About Me I grew up in Northern Illinois farm fields. After spending most of my life in large corporate business I decided to relocate to a small town on the nature coast of Central Florida. This is where I met my wife and between us we have 4 wonderful daughters. We have a small homestead where we raise our chicken and live freely. We also have a bug-out place in the mountains of North Carolina that we call our retreat. We spend time there getting things prepared for all our family members when SHTF. I am blessed with a wonderful family and the knowledge that God has given me so I can pass this along to you the readers. I will never tell what you what to do or what to purchase, I just am offering my opinion. I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you. Always feel free to contact me and drop me a note. I will do my best to respond to your emails in a timely manner. Thank you again, Tom Johnson