A couple of days ago, I posted a definition of what hygge is. But I’m by no means the authority on the subject. So here are quotes from ten other people about what hygge means to them.
Hygge is all about appreciating the little things in life and being thankful for them.
― Sofie Pedersen, Keep Calm & Hygge: A Guide to The Danish Art of Simple & Cosy Living
Hygge has been called everything from “the art of creating intimacy,” “coziness of the soul,” and “the absence of annoyance,” to “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things,” “cozy togetherness,” and my personal favorite, “cocoa by candlelight”.
― Meik Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
Hygge was never meant to be translated—it was meant to be felt.
Hygge is like a good hug — but without the physical contact.
Hygge is thought to be lost when we indulge in luxury consumption or when we thirst to be noticed, no matter how simply we clothe that desire. Hygge isn’t interested in our qualifications or appearance, but in who we are and what we bring to the moment.
― Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection
Hygge is a way of thinking about life—not fighting reality or taking flight from it—but going with the flow.
…A feeling of cosiness, hygge can also mean kinship and conviviality. If mindfulness is about the self and looking inward, hygge is about being sociable and looking outward; it’s about taking pleasure in the simple things in life, in fellowship with kith and kin.
― Signe Johansen, How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life
In a nutshell, it is a Danish word for finding happiness in the little things in life.
― Marie Tourell Søderberg, Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness
Hygge is not just a word but also a way of life, a feeling, and a mood that helps you to remain happy with the things that you have in life, especially the small things, and the precious time spent with family and friends.
As our lives become busier and busier through new developments in technology, it’s nice to know that it’s still possible to live in a way that promotes togetherness, coziness, and long-term happiness. These concepts are what hygge is all about, and these are the types of nuanced pleasures that hygge can offer your life.
― Amy White and Ryan James, Hygge: An Introduction to The Danish Art of Cozy Living
You’ll notice a few themes running through all of these quotes: coziness, togetherness, and appreciation or gratitude for the simple things in life. That is what hygge is all about to me.