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My personal journey of discovering Hygge

[Hue-gah]

The Danish word Hygge has been part of my design and live journey for a few years now. Growing up, I always wonder why I am so influenced by the space that surrounds me. I am the kind of person that has a deeply emotional response to the space I’m in.

Starting at a young age, I remember hating most sleepovers. I somehow always needed a certain environment to feel comfortable in. It was not purely about the look or design of a space, but rather how the space made me feel. To this day, space dictates my behavior. How I work, how I relax, how I get inspired, it all is influenced by the space surrounding me. Some might think this fact makes me inflexible and rather close minded, but I don’t feel that way. Understanding what I need in a space, actually allows me to understand my behavior better and helps me to create environment that I know will serve the attended purpose, the space should fulfill, best.

 

Back to Hygge

Beeing german I obviously did not grow up with the Danish language, but I do remember always searching for a word that would put my feeling toward space into context. Until Hygge came along I used the word atmosphere, which I still think applies very well but Hygge simply adds so much more depth and richness to the idea of atmosphere.

 

Hygge lighting by zwei design window seat

 

But what exactly is Hygge?

I personally wold define it as the following:

Hygge is a quality of belonging and the presence of something that makes us feel connected on an emotional level to our surrounding. Hygge longs for togetherness. It is a feeling of being safe, accepted, warm, comforted and sheltered.

Hygge is an experience of selfhood, self-awareness and self love. It is an experience of communion with people and places that anchors and affirm us, give us courage and comfort.

To hygge (yes hygge is a verb) is to be aware and connect deeply with your surrounding and all things present. It is a feeling of engagement and relatedness, of belonging to the moment and to each other. Hygge is a sense of humbleness, abundance, thankfulness and contentment. It is about being not having!

There is so much to say about Hygge and the way of living a humble, thankful and fulfilled life. I do want to continue talking about what this word means in my life. During the next couple of months, I will investigate on how we can experience a fufilling, connected and inspiring life.

 

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