Hygge is actually very difficult to explain or define. It roughly means creating a warm, cozy atmosphere, and the Danes excel at this from what I have observed. Does it contribute to the report that names the Danish people as the happiest people on our planet? We’re trying to find that out.
My first observation is about candles. Candles? I am not sure why exactly, but almost every restaurant, coffee shop, wine bar– even sports bars have candles burning from opening to closing time. It created for me a warm feeling that even with the beautiful sunshine outside, coming inside to the glow of candles and fresh flowers created a relaxed, less tense atmosphere.
From reading about Hygge I learned that friends and family play a big part in hygge as well. Just sitting around a table talking with friends and family about the small and big things going on in their lives generates hygge. Can’t wait to hygge with family and friends upon our return to the U.S.
Probably the best article I found on Hygge was from the BBC Magazine. Take a look at this article which I found very helpful for me to better understand what I am experiencing here in Copenhagen. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34345791.
The photos below are just random photos taken on this trip that represent Hygge! Forgive me for keeping this so short, but there are candles to light and Clay is finished with his blog inputs and time to Hygge.
Even Happy Hour with beer and nachos