Hygge: Embracing the Danish secret for a Happy Life

 It’s being a while since I wanted to write a blog about the not-really-new Hygge trend. Although you can experience this state of cosiness and comfortable conviviality during all the year; there is no a better moment to embrace this inspiring way of living than this Autumn. 

Hygge - Kubus candleholder - The MOA styleA beautiful Kubus candleholder (Via Sanne)

 

If you are following my posts, you might know that I’m originally from Venezuela, so I’m totally summer enthusiast. However, since I moved to this side of the world, I’m really enjoying all things that each season brings. I’m not talking just about all the essentials that we have to incorporate at home and into our wardrobe. But the way people use to live in four-seasons countries like the UK awakes my curiosity.

At the beginning, I thought it’s gonna be hard for me to get used to living in London. Here, the days are noticeably grey and colder. I mean, it is hard to keep happy and energetic when you live in a city where there is no sunlight almost all day; where you have to cover yourself with so many layers of clothes. But, it is interesting for me to see how local people manage to keep living in joy and contentment.

A few months ago, the word ‘Hygge’ came to my life when I was researching about Scandinavian interiors. It called my attention because I’ve never heard about that before. I’m not English native speaker, but I was pretty sure that word did not come from this language (although it was recently included in the Oxford English Dictionary). So, that’s when I decided to go deeper and figure out the meaning of this word and how it was related to the Nordic way of living. And let me tell you guys, what I found was really interesting.

Hygge - Chunky Knit Blanket - The MOA styleA soft Chunky Knit Blanket can give a beautiful Scandinavian touch to your room (Via The Nest)

 

Although the word itself originates from Norway, it was embraced and adopted by the Danes in the 1800s and is now widely used across the Nordic countries. Pronounced as “hoo-ga”, Hygge is usually translated into English as “cosiness”. But as I was going through more information, I came to realise that this word means much more than that.

It is not a coincidence that Denmark is today the second country with the happiest score within the ‘2017 World happiness report’. With up to 17 hours of darkness per day in the depths of winter, and average temperatures hovering around 0 degrees, I wonder: how is this possible? why are the Danes so happy? what is their secret to having such a quality of life?

As a result of the miserable weather, people spend more time indoors. But in their culture, this is something that has nothing to do with getting sad or depressed. Contrarily, they find pure happiness and contentment in that ‘indoor’ moment, transforming it into a special occasion to embrace the feeling of cosiness and warmth. In other words, they get Hygge.

Hygge - Bedroom - The MOA styleTextures and lights are essential to creating a comfortable bedroom scene (Via Skovbon)

 

Hygge, it’s simply a way of living and how we do things. It is the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things to making our lives more enjoyable either with the people we love around us or by our own.

It is also all about doing that little bit extra to create a special atmosphere, and there are many ways that Danes use to set the mood in order to create that perfect staying-in vibe. I’m talking about spaces that allow you to take time and slow down. Spaces that inspire you and make little moments in your day – like sharing a coffee or pastry with a friend, curling up with a good book, playing games with your family, going for a walk in the fresh air to get a dose of nature – such a special thing. In this sense, there are some important elements to keep in mind when trying to get into the Hygge way of living.

Hygge - Kitchen - The MOA styleCreate a special atmosphere for that perfect staying-in vibe (Via My Scandinavian Home)

 

The light is essential. No recipe for Hygge is complete without candles. They should be almost everywhere because they give a kind of emotional happiness and cosiness. If this is strategically not possible, rely on lamps. Place them in places where they can create dreamy showers of light that make your rooms feels warm and soft. By doing this, you will feel almost immediately an environment of peace, quiet, contentment and happiness.

Hygge - The White Company - The MOA styleBeautifully simple candles (Via The White Company)

 

Because Hygge is about relaxing and being present at the moment, every home must have a Hyggekrog. This should be a perfect spot for a cosy nook where you can enjoy some moments of peace and quiet with a good read, treating yourself to your favourite coffee.  Add some pillows and a blanket to create a perfect snuggly retreat.

Hygge - My Scandinavian Home - The MOA styleA perfect reading nook  (Via My Scandinavian Home)

 

On the other hand, keep textures natural using materials such as wood, leather and linen and add plenty of sheepskin and candlelight for that true Hygge feel. But remember, you don’t need to overhaul your interior to make it more Hyggeligt, tiny additions to the home can transform any moment.

Hygge - Throw Blanket - The MOA styleChoose blankets in the same colour palette but be sure to vary the texture and style of each piece so that it doesn’t look unbearably uniform (Via Pinterest)

 

Hygge - Coffee Table - The MOA styleNature is a stress reliever, so adding green is always good and contributes to the Hygge feel (Via Mae Gabriel at Home)

 

Simplistic and conventional are what define a Hygge home with natural colour tones. Avoid loud and overly flamboyant tones or colour scheme in your home design. The idea is to create a serene and peaceful effect in a monochromatic colour scheme or a harmonious mix of earth-coloured tones.

Hygge - Bed - The MOA styleThe neutral colour palette creates a serene and peaceful vibe in this bedroom ( Via Amara)

 

Transform your bathroom into more than just a place to take a quick shower. If possible, install good lighting and even a basic sound system for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath experience. Don’t rush. Take the time to enjoy it and feel peaceful and quiet to ensure daily stresses have melted away and definitely.

Hygge - Bath - The MOA styleCreate a spa-like sanctuary (Via Ett Rum Till)

 

Hygge is also enjoying and having fun with our family and friend. So why don’t you create a cosy spot for sharing and invite your beloved ones to have some chocolate cookies and coffee while telling funny stories and playing a board game? You can make it homier by adding cosy throws and pillows.

Hygge - Family - The MOA styleCreate a special place for sharing with your family and friends (Via Skovbon)

 

Hygge is about not being so hard on yourself. It’s about finding different ways to relax and connect with the people and experiences that bring joy to your life. It takes almost no time to set the mood and light up your home with some candles or treat yourself with a cup of tea.

Ultimately, Hygge is about embracing the simple, small pleasures that make life great; and this is something we can all the year. This way we can build really pleasant moments and consequently, we will experience more gratefulness. It is important to highlight that Hygge is not another regime you have to strictly follow just to feel ‘trendy’. It is all about giving yourself a break.

At the end of the day, we are here in this world to live and experience everything we can. That’s the way we can find the real happiness and become the best version of ourselves.

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If you have any tips to share on how to embrace Hygge in our life, please share your comment below. I’d love to hear (or see on Instagram) your experience! Use the tag #hyggewithmoa to share it!

 

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