Feel the Hygge


I’ve been a lifetime admirer of all things Scandinavian.  From the furniture to the landscapes and in particular the philosophy behind the Danish word Hygge (pronounced hue – gah).
The origin of the word is Norwegian and old Nordic.  It means seeking refuge, protection and shelter from the outside elements.  It came into use in the Danish language in the 18th Century. These days it is  more of a feeling or situation that makes you happy. Its an attitude to life.  That warm, cosy, fuzzy feeling when all is well.  It works particularly well in the winter months when we cosy down in our homes and have more time for each other, time to enjoy the simple things in life.


Is it any wonder that Denmark, despite spending a large proportion of the winter in darkness (upto 16 hours a day) is considered one of the happiest countries in the World according to the World Happiness Report 2015  Yes, there really is a report on World happiness !  For your information the UK currently ranks no 21.   Maybe because those at the top of the report have long, dark, cold winters and spend a lot more time indoors, they have learnt how to enjoy simply being “at home” .   Maybe the concept of Hygge is all about state of mind, attitude towards our lives and whats really important to us.


I’ve always been the kind of person who enjoys my home, but I since having children I  have this nagging feeling that I should be “doing” something, especially in the school holidays and weekends. Its like an unspoken feeling that I should be entertaining my children outside of my home, when actually, most of the time the boys and I are at our happiest when we just stay indoors.  We spend time watching films, dancing around the kitchen with the radio turned up LOUD, on our computers (ok so not hygge at all)  and even dabbling in a little light baking.  I enjoy this quality down time with my children and also the time I spend alone.  Maybe that’s why I always have a sense of relief in the winter when I feel I can actually really embrace Hygge.


Interestingly the social concept of  Hygge has to be with those people you know well.  Family, good friends or anyone whose company you can completely relax in.  What I find particularly interesting though is that you mustn’t get into any conflict with these people.  Conversations must be happy and light hearted in order to be Hygge. No social one upmanship.  I like that idea.


So if you like the idea of getting some Hygge in your life take a tip or two from my list :

Throw on those comfy clothes, big warm jumpers, woolly socks etc.

Pile the blankets on your sofa, chairs and beds.

Light some candles.

Cook some comfort food or just buy your favourites.

Slow down, take time to enjoy your home and the people in it.

Don’t feel guilt about not filling every hour of every day with “stuff”.

Be happy, be Hygge



  1. Midlife Singlemum
    October 27, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    I also love that the winter gives you a legitimate reason to stay at home exploring the great indoors.

    • karen jones
      October 27, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      I agree. I feel far less pressure to be out and about "doing" stuff x

  2. lilac and old roses
    October 27, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Absolutely agree! I had actually never heard of Hygge until about two weeks ago, where have I been?! But I am embracing it and Autumn is the perfect time to start. Love your posts, Jane x

    • karen jones
      October 27, 2016 / 6:24 pm

      Thank you Jane for your lovely comments and for actually taking the time to post them xx Enjoy your hygge time xx

  3. Tasha Goddard
    October 27, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    I've been getting into this concept recently (and, yes, it seems to be very popular suddenly, and I'd never heard of it before). It definitely feels right for autumn and winter and that urge to almost hibernate. I like the idea of finding happiness and comfort in the simpler things, and not constantly striving for bigger and better. I think it ties in with mindfulness and other similar concepts.

    • karen jones
      October 27, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      I totally agree with you Tasha. I feel now more than ever we need to get back to what is important in our lives. Mindfulness and finding happiness in simple things is a great concept. Long live Hygge. x

  4. Stacey Sheppard
    October 28, 2016 / 9:53 am

    I am totally in need of some proper hygge at the moment and that blanket looks like just the ticket.

    • karen jones
      October 28, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      oh doesn't it just Stacey. I long for one but they are so expensive. xx Hope you get some peace soon sweetie xx

  5. karenanita
    October 28, 2016 / 11:12 am

    I really do love this concept! I must say though, with quite a bit of family in that region it's a very different aesthetic over there than our interpretation of it which is quite interesting to see!

    • karen jones
      October 28, 2016 / 3:00 pm

      Oh really Karen ? I would love to know what the authentic Danish interpretation is.

  6. Claire Toplis
    October 30, 2016 / 10:57 am

    This is a concept I can get in board with x

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