Let’s get Hygge

Have you heard of hygge? {I’m to understand it’s pronounced hoo-ga, or that’s at least one way it can be said} It is a Danish word that doesn’t have an exact translation, but after reading a book on how to be hygge, it basically can be translated as this:

In Danish, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) is one such word. Though there are many ways to describe hygge, we see it simply as the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness. ~~~~ Skagen.com

I recently read this book – The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking


I heard about this book on another blog, and since winter in London has been the opposite of hygge for me, I figured maybe these Danish are on to something. After all, they spend 17-18 hours in the dark in the winter and they are consistently ranked as one of the happiest nations in the world. They know how to hygge. In fact when scrolling though this list, the top fiveplaces  are all Nordic/very cold countries. So how can places that most people would not want to visit in the winter – Iceland, Norway, Finland – be in the top spots?

World’s happiest countries 2016

Eek, look at the ice on that house!

This is part of what they discuss in books on hygge (and there are 5 at my local Waterstones, all on display in the staircase which is how this book, even though I’d seen it mentioned previously, ended up in my bag.) I admit, that I want all of them. The covers are beautiful, and the pictures are beautiful, and I am a self confessed book junkie (just ask The Husband). I won’t share all the principles of hygge here (just buy one of the books or search hygge on Google.) The

  • main ideas to find hygge have to do with candles, coffee, and cake; three things I can definitively say I – an American -also enjoy.

This winter in London I’m going to find my own personal hygge. Anyone want to join me?

Websites with information/articles about hygge:


*I bought this book, no one gave it to me, or asked me to review it. I am, as I stated, simply a book junkie and thoroughly enjoy reading. If I am asked to review books by publishers, as I have in the past, I will clearly state so in my posts.