Getting cosy could be the key to wellness

Getting cosy could be the key to wellness

by Ashley Tan 23 Feb 2020

You know that warm, cosy feeling that you get when you’re sipping on a warm cup of coffee while you’re snuggled up with a good book on a rainy day? Or when you’re lazing around in bed in luxurious knitwear, with scented candles that infuse your room with the aroma of sandalwood? Well, these feelings are also known as “hygge”, a Danish word that translates to “cosiness”. In fact, hygge is more than creating mere moods and feelings – it incorporates all things that form an entire cosy lifestyle that increases your overall wellbeing. 


The main philosophy underlying the concept of hygge lies in the creation of a stress-free atmosphere. This means that to create a cosy lifestyle, you’ll need to do more than throw a fluffy blanket around your shoulders. A hygge lifestyle is premised on finding different ways to make your life more comfortable, such as cleaning up your room if it’s gotten too cluttered, or redecorating your house with new furniture to create a homelier feel.


While the hygge lifestyle actually originated from Scandinavia, it is not difficult to recreate it, regardless of geographical location. In fact, at its core, hygge focuses more on creating an atmosphere of warmth and cosiness, rather than just purchasing a list of pricey, sophisticated-looking items. It is meant to transcend material comforts typically associated with comfort and cosiness.


British-Danish writer Louisa Thomsen Brits expounds on this concept through her portrayal of hygge as a state of mindfulness in her book “The Book of Hygge”, where she places emphasis on the philosophical and spiritual foundations of hygge, rather than the tangible goods that it is affiliated to. This means that the hygge trend shouldn’t just be an excuse for you to start piling on more comfort-related things the next time you visit Ikea or a quaint little store, so try not to fall into that trap.


In essence, the hygge lifestyle is all about enjoying the little experiences life has to offer and not take any of them for grant. The practice of being grateful along with the focus on personal contentment does well to address the many banes of modern living, namely stress and materialism. And when you do implement change, it’s not just for the sake of it but to make your life more liveable.


While hygge may sound a little nebulous or perhaps even indecipherable, you can always pick up Meik Wiking’s bestseller “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living” to get a better grasp of what this cosy lifestyle really entails. Who knows – you may end up improving your overall wellness by indulging in this cosy and contended Danish lifestyle!