Is Hygge just mindfulness in a new, fancy Danish wrapper?

I have read in several articles or discussions on hygge that it is essentially just mindfulness in another form, that is it about doing only one thing at a time and focusing on that to the exclusion of all worries. Mindfulness was everywhere the other year, you couldn’t pass a bookshop without seeing the mindful book of colouring, of cats, of everything. A quick search … Continue reading Is Hygge just mindfulness in a new, fancy Danish wrapper?

I write this with my woolly tights on…

It’s 14 degrees and raining as only it can in Britain, which is to say a fine mist that doesn’t fall hard enough to put you off going out but is persistent enough to stop you from staying dry. It’s 10 to 4 in the afternoon and the lights are on the cars already. One of those “Oh my word, I can’t believe it’s still … Continue reading I write this with my woolly tights on…

Hygge is felt in the heart, not understood in the brain

In my quest for a definition of hygge, I have found the internet a great source of articles and pages. I love finding new blogs, and especially blogs that are aligned with my thoughts and aspirations. I craft as well, so I have a lot of craft blogs in my reader, but I’m adding more and more hygge-happy blogs there as well.   But often … Continue reading Hygge is felt in the heart, not understood in the brain

Hygge, unhygge

The opposite of hygge is uhygge. Uhyggelig means scary. As in walking in the woods ¬†and feeling the danger scary. It follows that describing hygge as simply ‘cosy’ is missing out on the safety aspect of the feeling. If security and the sensation of ‘no harm will come tonight’ is missing, it doesn’t matter how many candles you light or whether you are on a … Continue reading Hygge, unhygge

Hygge? It sounds familiar? Where have I heard that word before?

Apart from in every newspaper the first weekend in September and in most major bookshops? Heck, Meik Wiking even made it to Saturday Live on Radio 4 on 10th September 2016 talking about hygge and happiness. It is big this year. I can’t even remember the first time I heard it as a word; it must have been after The Killing was first shown on … Continue reading Hygge? It sounds familiar? Where have I heard that word before?

So, What is Hygge?

It’s been called unpronounceable, untranslatable and under estimated as a measure of happiness. It’s definitely having a moment in publishing at the moment. During August and September 2016 there will be nine books or ebooks published all with the word Hygge in their title or subtitle. Prices range from 99p for a cobbled together bandwagon effort (seriously bad proof reading and lines that, I swear, … Continue reading So, What is Hygge?