WHY EVERY CREATIVE PERSON SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HYGGE, THE PRINCIPLE OF COZINESS

Dec 15, 2015 · 3 minute read

By: Colleen Valles

You know how at this time of year, you feel that overwhelming urge to have a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire with your loved ones around, maybe playing a board game or just cuddling up and chatting?

That, my friend, is the Danish concept of “hygge.”

It’s essentially cosiness, but it’s so much more. It’s an attitude about enjoying life. According to Visit Denmark, it means “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.”

Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is all about making time for what you love.

That’s what we’re about too! This blog is totally hygge.

Hygge is more than just being cosy. It’s about enjoying your time with the people you love, being in the present moment, and not worried about what has passed or what’s to come. It’s enjoying life, particularly in the depths of winter, when dark, dreary days can bring people down.

Why should hygge matter to creative people?

Hygge is important to creative people because it’s in the in-between moments where we find our inspiration. It’s with the people we love that we rest our minds and recharge our souls, feeding our creativity.

Spending time with others helps us see the world through their eyes. That expansion of perspective and perception brings depth and understanding to our work. Since that’s the case, how could hygge not be important to creative people?

Hygge is about being present and being a participant in your life, which, as far as any of us knows, is the one and only chance we get.

It seems pretty nebulous, doesn’t it? This concept of more-than-cosiness or soul-cosiness. Well, here are some examples from my life to illustrate hygge. These all happened just in the past week, which leads me to believe that I’m a very lucky person.

Decorating the tree

The lights were low, the fire was roaring, Christmas music was playing on the stereo, and my daughter and I decorated our new living tree, which she named Gilbert. We chatted, sang along, passed each other ornament hooks and reminisced about our ornaments as we pulled them out. It was a sweet, cozy time to share with my baby girl.

Dinner with friends - old and new

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I were hungry, so we went out to dinner. We went to a nice restaurant, but we sat at the bar, made friends with some other people there and had a wonderful evening of good company and good food. The conversation sparkled as much as the champagne in the cozy restaurant, and the warm atmosphere and warm personalities made the evening one full of hygge.

Sharing meal is hygge

Breakfast with the family

My older brother’s birthday was last week, so on Saturday morning we went to my parents’ house for a celebratory breakfast. My mom made all his favorite breakfast foods, and we sat around the table, talked and ate in celebration of my brother. I happen to like my family a lot, so this was a wonderful way to spend my Saturday morning.

That’s a pretty good amount of hygge for one week, I think. I wasn’t doing anything particularly creative during this time, but I was doing what I love, and that’s spending time with the people I love. I came away from this time happy and refreshed and with more ideas about lots of different things.

We should take a page from the Danes – after all, they’re some of the happiest people in the world – and get a little more hygge in our lives.

How will you experience hygge this holiday season?

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Colleen Valles
I'm Colleen, a writer, mother, knitter, pet mama and tiny house enthusiast who truly believes that everybody should slow down and simplify to make room for the things that are most important in their lives. I'm on a journey to do just that, to be able to spend more time with family and friends, riding my bike and working in the garden. Sign up to get awesome content right in your inbox, or follow me on social media.