A LITTLE BIT OF 'HYGGE'
IF YOU'RE IN DENMARK OR IN DANISH COMPANY ANYTIME SOON IT MAY BE USEFUL TO KNOW THAT YOU WON'T GET FAR WITHOUT HEARING THE WORD 'HYGGE'.
The concept of ‘Hygge’ is hard to explain and even harder to pronounce, the Danish word 'hygge' (pronounced 'hooga' or ‘hue – gah’) which translates roughly to 'cosiness'.
It’s a word worth getting to know as it’s well documented as being the recipe for a happier life! In short, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.
The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too.
There's nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world? ‘’ one thing we know is that it’s each Dane uses over 5.79 kilos of candles each year!
Imagine our delight to know then that THE Number One way to apply a little bit of ‘Hygge’ to your own life wherever you are in the World is through lighting candles, whatever the weather or the season – they are EVERYWHERE, even the classroom!
In winter time the Danes use them almost all day to create a special lighting or warm up the room, and in summer time candles are used especially in the long summer nights when the sun has set but the warm weather still allows you to sit outside. You can be Hygge wherever you are, inside or out, with friends or alone but the candles will certainly help!
‘’ I am certain of one thing; If there’s something that Danes don’t want to run short of, it is toilet paper and candles. Luckily you can get both in even the smallest shop’’ Roger Beale, Brit living in Denmark, in Politiken.
There’s so much more to learn about Hygge, one of our favourite books on the subject is; - ‘Hygge’ the Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg.
We also love this print which sums up the concept of Hygge, available from Not On The High Street.
And of course pay a visit to our online shop and choose which one will help you Hygge here.
Look out for our Hygge pics on Instagram at @cotswoldcandlecompany and tag us in your pics with #cotscandlehygge.