Hygge – The Danish Way of Life

The Danish way of life, Hygge (HOO-gah), has made its way into the spotlight within the past year or two. However, a lot of the general public is still not aware of what it means to practice the art of Hygge. According to the 2016 World Happiness Report, Denmark was acknowledged as the world’s happiest country. Many believe this is due to the lifestyle they encourage.

Hygge is referred to as an art that illuminates the soul. It is a way of life that embraces peace, harmony, and happiness. It is a way of practicing self-care in a way that lasts and becomes a definite lifestyle change. There are several combinations of activities that are supposed to encourage complete bliss and this article will go over some ways to implement those changes.  

There are ten main points to the Hygge manifesto. The first and most important step is to create an ambient atmosphere. The easiest way to do that is by turning down the lights and lighting a lot of candles (unscented or scented). This ensures a calm and serene environment. The second step involves stepping back from electronics and being mindful in every situation. It ensures that one is present with their loved ones and can take part in relaxing alone time.

The third part has to do with indulging in favorite foods responsibly. This can take emphasize the importance of balance and moderation. It can take away the stresses of dieting and can encourage a more wholesome approach. The fourth part stresses the importance of equality. It emphasizes the “we” over “me” mentality. It takes the pressure off of one person and ensures that tasks are divided in a fair manner. It also creates a sense of security and an environment where everyone feels supported.

The fifth practice has to do with expressing gratitude. To always be thankful for each and every moment and to realize that this might be as good as it gets. The sixth practice involves creating a harmonious environment. Bragging about achievements is looked down upon. The environment should be welcoming to everyone and should be uplifting.  

The seventh and eighth part has to do with inspiring “comfort” and “truce”. Comfort encourages relaxation and self-care practices like washing sheets, getting cozy with a big fluffy blanket, taking a warm bath, etc. The truce part encourages no drama or negative vibes. It keeps the environment light and airy and assures that no one gets into fights.

Finally, the ninth and tenth part focus on togetherness and shelter. Togetherness and shelter concentrate on building relationships and starting narratives that bring back happy memories. Finally, all of these points ensure that the home is welcoming and full of genuine happiness.