I’ve come to realise that hygge has been my thing long before it was the ‘in thing’ that it has become since the launch of “The Little Book of Hygge” by Meik Wiking in 2016.
Living on the mainland of Orkney, off the north coast of Scotland, long dark nights and fierce icy winds have been an accompaniment to winter (which can last for 5 months!) since I was born. There’s no point in fighting it or complaining about it, we choose to live here. So it’s best just to go with it and make the most of it.
Question: How can you make the most of howling gales and pitch black nights which start at 4pm?
I’ve been unknowingly living a hyggelit lifestyle forever. To me, lighting a cosy fire and sitting beside it is to in the company of a friend. I love candles flickering and glowing in what would otherwise be dark corners. Pouring steaming mugs of coffee, tea or a mulled wine at Christmas make sure I’m glowing inside. Visiting charity shops and buying second hand, well read books, upcycling and repurposing items that have completed their previous purpose. Choosing soft country style fabrics, drawning curtains and eating tasty treats all create hygge and that’s what I’ve been doing for years! Crafting to occupy my time when I can’t be outside and baking golden buns and sticky cakes are favourite ways to warm up my winter days off.
But hygge is not just inside. It’s outside too! Wrapping up in a fabulous wooly hat, donning sheepskin mittens, a huge scarf, a coat that could double as a sleeping bag and big pair of boots means you’re good to go whatever the weather. There’s nothing quite like walking the dogs in a force 9 gale to wake you up and breathe some life forcefully into your lungs! Hygge is finding the joy in those moments and being aware of your surroundings. It’s listening to the wind whistle through fences and the waves crash on the shore and finding your inner peace and joy in those moments.
I wanted to start this blog to share to help others find their hygge. Hygge is a simple, easy lifestyle which is not about spending money, buying brand new things or having to do something a certain way. And we all can benefit from that! Thanks for joining me.
Happiness occurs more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom. — Meik Wiking