Hygge is a Danish concept that conveys a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being, both an atmosphere and an experience.

It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.

—Meik Wiking

I love Denmark.

I love the landscape, the architecture, the culture with its intelligent form of governance, and especially the welcoming way of the Danish people. The Danes are considered one of the happiest people on the planet and this is reflected in their concept of HYGGE.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish and Old Norse word that encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.

According to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Hygge is such an important part of being Danish that it is considered “a defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA.” 

Cultivating the quality of Hygge can be as simple as lighting a candle while savoring a cup of specially chosen tea or listening to soft jazz while enjoying a rose petal bath. If you are like me, you may find yourself curled up on the sofa with your cat and a favorite book.

Hygge is an art of creating intimacy, like when you are sitting around with friends and family discussing the big and small things in life.

As we find our way to navigate our very complex world, think of ways to make your ordinary day more nurturing and cozier. Slow down the pace and celebrate simple moments.

With love and thoughts of beauty,