If you hygge and you know it
Sip your tea.
Earlier in the year I bought the beautiful book “Hygge The Danish Art of Happiness” by Marie Tourell Soderberg and I adored lingering over every single page in it.
Hygge is the Danish word for finding happiness in the little things in life and it is closely linked to the idea of cosiness.
This gorgeous little book explains what is meant by the word “hygge” and also suggests a number of different ways you can include the practise in your every day life.
Given all the upheaval and change that I had going on in my life, this was the perfect little book for me.
I immediately launched into baking fresh bread for breakfast using Soderberg’s recipe. Is there a more comforting experience than eating freshly baked bread, still warm from the oven in the morning?
I got in the habit of mixing dough together at night before bed and then simply spooning rolls shapes on a tray in the morning and baking it.
Warm, tasty and delicious.
I also experimented with creating cosy little nooks in my house where the children and I can sit snuggled up and surrounded by things that are familiar.
I introduced some house plants into my home following the suggestion to have a corner filled with greenery. So far they are all still alive and there is something very enjoyable about having living, breathing plants inside my home.
I do wonder about what our unique Australian sense of hygge might look like. Soderberg talks a lot about the importance of retreating somewhere warm, with candle light and blankets due to the cold weather and short days. Here in Australia of course we have lots of warm or moderate weather. We also have long days and an abundance of space and coastline.
I know for me, that lovely feeling of contentedness nearly always washes over me when I hit the road and the horizon opens up to countryside vistas.
But I think the most hygge thing that I can think of doing is to sit down with a cup of tea. Growing up, my Mum was the Queen of making tea. It was never rushed and when she made you a cup you always had her full attention. So lovely.
I would also have to include sitting by the fire, baking and pottering in the garden to my list.
So, do you hygge?
What do you do in your home that helps it feel like a place of cosiness and comfort?