Hygge (HOO-gah) is a Danish word that represents — well — a lot of things.
If you’re not familiar with the term, I suggest you check out Meik Wikings’s book The Little Book of Hygge — Danish Secrets to Happy Living (affiliate link). I found a copy at my local library this week.
Physically, it is a little book (about 5″ x 7″) with 218 pages. But, the book is filled with sweet illustrations/graphics along with some really good reading.
Wiking, who happens to be the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, describes several facets of hygge living.
The book includes a two-page spread devoted to the Hygge Manifesto. It goes like this:
- Atmosphere — turn down the lights. Use candles and/or lamps as opposed to overhead lighting.
- Presence — turn off your phone. Be here. Now.
- Pleasure — coffee, chocolate, hot chocolate, cookies, candy, and cake help to put you in the hygge mood.
- Equality — think “we” over “me”. As Meik puts it, “Share the tasks and the airtime.”
- Gratitude — no need for a definition on this one.
- Harmony — it’s not a competition.
- Comfort — get comfy and cozy. It’s about being relaxed.
- Truce — there’s no room for drama here. Let’s talk about politics another day, okay?
- Togetherness — it’s about narratives and relationships. “Do you remember the time we …?”
- Shelter — find a place of peach and security. Blankets and pillows may help.
Download a free copy of the manifesto here.
I highly recommend you work to put more hygge in your life.
Simply turning off the overhead lights and turning on table lamps has made a difference in our home already. And candles? Yes please. With the holidays just around the corner, it should be easy to get your hygge on.