No one knew how to pronounce it but hygge – or the Danish art of living cosily – took over the winter of 2016. Now, there’s another Scandinavian lifestyle trend to jump on to. If this is the first time you’re hearing the word, you may be surprised to find that it’s the title of a Bristol-based magazine celebrating people with a good work/life balance, the name of a Korean beauty brand and the inspiration behind IKEA’s latest project.
With the hygge trend taking over our house, staying in is officially the new going out. If we’re not out for a festive party, this Winter you will find us on the sofa and most likely tucked up in a blanket and catching up on the latest Netflix series. If a cosy night like this sounds like your idea of festive fun too, then you’ll love these home comforts that we’ve picked.So what are you waiting for? Gather your loved ones, put on your softest pair of pyjamas and order a takeaway – it’s time to get your cosy on.Are you a fan of the festive night in or do you prefer a party? Tweet us your thoughts @YahooStyleUK!How to deal with relatives during the festive seasonAll the beauty buys you need to snap up this month
Winter in the UK might spell drizzly, pitch black mornings and a general dampening of our spirits. But thanks to our Danish counterparts, the hibernating season is looking up.Surely you’ve heard of ‘Hygge’ the buzzword sweeping the lifestyle world and promising to transform our winter for the better?While the phrase is tricky to translate into English, it can loosely defined as a sense of cosiness. It’s all about contentment achieved from small, fulfilling pleasures and quality time with friends and family. And the Danes strive to achieve it all year round.It’s pronounced “hoo-guh” - a lot like the sound you might make when clearing your throat.Confusingly it’s an adjective, verb and noun all in one. But put aside your reservations, because considering the Danish are the happiest people in the world, there’s obviously something in it. Especially as a staggering nine new books dedicated to the topic have been released this year (from The Little Book of Hygge to Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness).“The rest of the world seems to be slowly waking up to what Danes have been wise to for generations – that having a relaxed, cosy time with friends and family, often with coffee, cake or beer, can be good for the soul,” Helen Russell, author of The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country told the BBC.“Hygge seems to me to be about being kind to yourself – indulging, having a nice time, not punishing or denying yourself anything.”So how can we achieve this elusive sense of Hygge? Here are 8 simple tips to live more Danishly this winter.