What does "Hygge" mean and why does it matter?
Updated: Nov 24, 2019
You've probably heard of hygge (pronounced “hue-guh” or “hoo-ga") and may know that it’s essentially, the Danish term for a state of absolute coziness, moments made up of simple pleasures, a relaxed frame of mind, a warm embrace of contentment and connection, the feeling of home and belonging, the experience of safety and shelter, enveloping both selfhood and togetherness. But you may not know that this coziness transcends beyond plush blankets and candlelight — for Danes, a state of hygge is also a state of well-being. Being happy and at peace with life in the present moment.
It makes sense that Danes are the happiest people in the world. Can we all move to Copenhagen this weekend?
As for the rest of us, we are an anxious bunch, aren’t we? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the U.S., affecting more than 40 million adults and nearly 1 in 3 teenagers. Anxiety is a deep, dark, and crippling place. Hygge is the opposite, it represents light, love, and warmth; a state of calmness, happiness, and above all, safety.
We’ve been in the dark places. We’ve weathered the storms and high seas. And we believe hygge not only helps, for many, it’s the antidote. Through the journey of being Hygge, we’ve personally experienced its anxiety-reducing benefits and want to share them with you.
With the launch of Mind the Hygge, we hope to offer ways to be more hygge in life, in little moments, and in your home. We will be offering up personal stories, resources, and many hygge-inspired items for you and your family. From "more candles" and "let there be blankets" to strategies for combating a full range of mental health challenges, we hope you'll follow us on this journey, it will be very hyggeligt!