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comfy corner at Sooke Harbour House, Sidney, BC

If you haven’t heard of hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga,” or “hue-ga”), let’s find out what it means. According to Danish tourism, “‘hygge’ actually comes from a Norwegian word meaning “well-being.” It first appeared in Danish writing in the 18th century and has been embraced by the Danes ever since!”

knitting bowl ©Diane M Schuller

In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the simple and good things in life with good people. It’s a way of life, a daily way of life.

I recently heard about this term from Staci Perry. I feel it very closes parallels how I have chosen to live my retirement years. After reading more about it and how the Danes embrace it so whole heartedly, it’s obvious I could be living with more hygge in my life. What about you?


comfort food, hyggedsc_6176

Did you check out those beautiful images of northern lights (aurora borealis), taken by Wayne Roberts, in the previous post? Isn’t that some northern hygge? His images take my breath away.

Here are two brief articles about the hygge life, the first link having a lovely video demonstrating how the Danes embrace this everyday sense of well being.

How to bring Danish hygge into your life

Hygge: The Danish Word That’s About to Take Over America

Until next Monday my lovelies, may your week be wrapped in hygge.

candlelight and wine, hygge


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Lionel Daneault - November 14, 2016 - 12:19 pm

Thanks, Diane, for putting into one word the type of lifestyle Kathy and I aspire to every day.

Sherry - November 14, 2016 - 7:39 pm

Lovely, Diane. In between the busyness of my “mommy” days, I find moments of the hygge life. After the upcoming mess of a renovation, I hope to nurture more of these moments. As always, your blog is one of those beautiful places I visit when I need to sit with a cup of tea and soak up a little well being. 🙂

Lisa Gordon - November 15, 2016 - 7:43 am

I actually just recently saw this term (cannot remember where!), and I just love this idea. Now the task is to start practicing it more. A LOT more.

As always, your photographs ae so lovely, but there is just something about that yarn in the bowl that I just cannot take my eyes off of. It is just so beautiful. Maybe it’s because it’s a really good example (to me) of hygge!

Happy day to you, my friend.

Andi - November 15, 2016 - 7:53 pm

What a beautiful word and concept. I have never heard of hygge. I think it is absolutely brilliant. I would honestly have to say that your images are very hygge to me.

Susan Clark - November 16, 2016 - 7:48 am

We all need hygge. I wish our hardworking children could find a little more. Methinks it is the employers who need to be converted.