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What the Heck is Hygge?

You’d have had to be pretty well snuggled under a mountain of blankets not to have heard about hygge this winter. Pronounced ‘hue-gah’, it’s all about creating a sense of cosiness, of coming together with friends and family, of revelling in simple pleasures. Think warm, fluffy towels, roaring fires and flickering candles. Think good, honest, home-cooked food, shared with friends.

Hygge isn’t about buying ‘stuff’, whatever the retailers want us to think. You don’t need to spend money to create a sense of hygge. Wrapping up in a snuggly jumper and going for a walk can be hygge, as can catching up with a friend over coffee. It’s about a feeling, not possessions. It’s about being kind to yourself, and to others. You could…

  • Curl up in PJs and a snuggly blanket, drink hot chocolate and read a book.
  • Light that scented candle you’ve been saving.
  • Stop trying to multi-task; turn off your phone and focus on the moment.
  • Bake some gooey chocolate chip cookies.
  • Invite a neighbour over for a cuppa.
  • Send a loved one a letter.
  • Soak in a bath with a few drops of aromatherapy oils.
  • Explore the great outdoors with your family.
  • Turn off your phone.

While fashions come and go, hygge is one trend that’s very much worth indulging in. Enjoy.

By Kate Duggan

Girl holding cup of hot tea and reading in bed. Around her in bad earphones, book, smart phone. Decorative lights in background.

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