As well as en­joy­ing the beau­ti­ful changes in na­ture, au­tumn is the per­fect sea­son to em­brace the Dan­ish art of hygge

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What is hygge?

Hygge has been a way of life in Den­mark since the 18th Cen­tury. Hygge, pro­nounced hoo-gah, very roughly trans­lates to cosi­ness. It’s the con­tent feel­ing you get in a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere, ei­ther alone or with friends. Dan­ish win­ters are long and dark, but the coun­try con­sis­tently ranks as the hap­pi­est place in the world. So give hygge a go!


You can’t truly feel re­laxed if you’re con­stantly check­ing so­cial me­dia. For hygge time, tech­nol­ogy must be turned off. Fo­cus on be­ing in the mo­ment and re­ally start to re­lax. Snug­gle up with a book in­stead, or even try knit­ting.


The Dan­ish love tuck­ing into cin­na­mon buns or hav­ing din­ner with friends. Hygge is feel­ing happy, and eat­ing plays a big part! At din­ner, have shar­ing plat­ters and make sure ev­ery­one pitches in with the cook­ing. Avoid con­tro­ver­sial top­ics and never talk calo­ries! Just en­joy.


When you feel warm, you nat­u­rally start to un­wind. So wrap up un­der a soft blan­ket, slip into loungewear and pull on some soft socks. Give your­self a hygge feel by mak­ing your­self an in­dul­gent hot choco­late. Light­ing re­ally ef­fects our moods, so avoid harsh bulbs and glare of tech, and go for nat­u­ral light­ing such as tea lights in lanterns, or flick­er­ing can­dles.

Qual­ity time Snug­gle up

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