When Jeff signed in Denmark we became obsessed with learning about our future home. We Googled, You-Tubed, bought books, and tried to learn a little bit of the Danish language. Despite all the interesting stuff we found, I couldn’t help but become obsessed with Danish “hygge”. There is no direct translation to English, but basically “hygge” is a warm, cozy, comfortable, atmosphere shared with friends and family. Sounds pretty wonderful. It is.
Danes love hygge. Everywhere you go the lights are dim, seating is cozy, and you’re encouraged to relax and enjoy your time with friends. They won’t even bring your bill when you’re finished eating because they don’t want to interrupt your gathering or make you feel rushed. My favorite thing so far is that blankets are provided on the back of every patio chair if you’re dining outside. America, take note! Back home you are basically shoo’d away once you’re finished with your meal. Very anti-hygge.
Though you can certainly experience hygge when dining out, the best place to enjoy it is in your own home. On my birthday, a few of us grabbed some beers and lounged in our dimly lit living room (seriously, we only have 3 small lamps). We just chatted, listened to some music, and enjoyed each other’s company. Hygge galore.
So this week I challenge you all – gather with your family and/or friends, let your guard down, light a few candles, and just relax. Maybe enjoy some cupcakes while you’re at it… and/or a nice glass of wine. There’s a reason why Denmark is the happiest country in the world, and I think hygge has something to do with it.
If you’re still intrigued, check out the video below that first sparked my interest!
Hygge it up,
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