Hygge: Staying cosy this winter

June 16, 2020

Danish fireplace

Now you are probably looking at that strange word in the title and thinking, “have these guys gone mad?!”.

The answer is, only a little. COVID-19 has made us all a little stir crazy after being locked up with family for too long, but that's okay because hygge is here to save us! 

“Hi-gee what”?! 

Hygge pronounced “hoo-gaa”, is defined as a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. It was coined by the Danish and has become a defining characteristic of their culture. 

It is all about that feeling of content, cozy, happiness when you rug up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and your favourite book. If you know what I am talking about, then you have probably already experienced it before. It is the simple, cozy things in life that prompt enjoyment that hygge (“hoo-gaa”) is all about. 

The Danes national obsession with all things “cozy” is credited to why Denmark has a reputation as being the world's happiest country. Even though their winters are renowned as being incredibly arduous, applying hygge to their everyday lifestyle has produced plenty of joy. 

So how can we become more hygge and cozy this winter?

Firstly, it is recommended that we distance ourselves from technology and try to be more present and observant within our routines. To throw away some of the strict rules we set ourselves. This allows our bodies to relax and de-stress, instead of worrying about having dinner ready by 6pm, enjoy the process that comes from the preparation. Embrace that beautiful warm house, the smell of food cooking in the oven, and the fire burning all at once. Enjoy the moment it brings. 

Secondly, surround yourself with the things that promote the feeling of hygge. This might include candles, throw blankets, comfortable clothes, books, and puzzles. Now, this might sound like you can only experience coziness indoors but this also extends to nature. Try a road trip to a National Park you have been meaning to go see. Take blankets, yummy food, light a fire (in the designated spots only), and enjoy a picnic. Being around nature can also prompt feelings of coziness, just like roasting marshmallows on a campfire. 

The third recommendation is all to do with food. I mean who doesn’t feel that overwhelming sensation of warmth and comfort when they bite into Grandma’s Sunday evening roast. Food can unlock manly feelings of happiness and is a defining point of hygge. We are talking about those warm indulgent dishes, apple pie, hot chocolate, soups, stews - you get the gist! But why not try putting a hemp twist on the old classics for some extra nutrients? If you are looking for some inspiration try our: 

Enjoy a cozy winter this year and tag us in your hygge hemp cooking to be featured on our Instagram. We can’t wait to see what you create!

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