What is hygge?

So what is Hygge?

Hygge, (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends; that simple idea of enjoying the good things in life.

The mission of Hygge in a Box is to bring you a feeling of Inner Comfort, Clarity & Connection.


While the meaning of Hygge is different to each, the overarching idea is that of comfort and finding joy in even the simplest of situations, and an overall sense of being cozy and content with the way life is in that moment. So many other words can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of Hygge such as charm, happiness, connection, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simplicity.


Hygge is not something that someone can buy, but rather a mind-set or a way of thinking one can adopt and continually embrace. You can work to make your space or your surroundings more Hygge but being mindful in the enjoyment of the small moments is the “how to” in experiencing Hygge.


For the Danes, Hygge is all about creating a comfortable and warm space with soft lighting and glowing candles, surrounded by family and friends. Many Nordic countries like Denmark, Finland, Sweden and others are the ones to have adopted the notion of Hygge in their everyday lives. It is believed that this is due to the long cold winters that frequent these areas, and Hygge is a way to continue to find constant happiness and warmth throughout those times of year.


Similarly, in Canada, with so many cold, dark days, the simplicity of a candle flickering with a cup of coffee in the morning or a warm home cooked evening meal with friends can make a huge difference to one’s spirit. By creating simple rituals {such as brewing mulled wine to lighting candles at each meal to game nights to stopping at the bakery every week} we can start embracing a sense of comfort, clarity and connection all around us.

So, what do you say?

Are you ready to start your Hygge journey?