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8 Ways To Get More Hygge In Your Life This Autumn

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Hygge is very much the ‘it’ word of the autumn and I for one couldn’t be more bloody excited about it.

HOOGA HOOGA HOOGA.

(That’s how you pronounce it, just FYI).

For those still in the dark, and I mean I’ll let you off this time because maybe you’ve been on holiday or living your life or only entering the internet to look at videos of cats, it’s a Danish word that encompasses all the best parts of the colder months: the cosiness, the quality time, the snuggling and the food guaranteed to add an extra store of fat to your body frame.

I’m not an expert in hygge because heck I haven’t even ever been to Denmark (lol, soz), but I like the idea that there isn’t a wrong way to practice it. The idea that so long as it makes you feel calm and centered and happy and warm, you’re doing it right.

So maybe that’s not hygge, but it’s the Hannah Gale version of hygge.

I’ll stop saying the word hygge now, promise.

Here’s all the key things you need to welcome more of it into your life this autumn…

 

1. HOME

A lot of other European countries have their own words and versions of hygge – some feel it more in summer and some feel it more outdoors or in pubs, but for the Danes it’s an in-your-own-home kind of set-up. Or y’know, in the home of someone you love and feel comfortable around – like a best friend or sibling.

So get your comfies on and stay in. It’s cheaper AND there’s no getting sleeted on whilst waiting for a cab in a dress so thin you can basically see your nipples.

 

2. CANDLES

According to Meik Wiking’s The Little Book Of Hygge, candles are the number one thing Danes associate with hygge. And not just one super sexy and expensive Jo Malone one either, at least FIVE. Dotted around the room to create that sexy chilled out vibe that makes those dark evenings oh so magical.

 

3. LAMPS

It’s not just about the candles either, it’s about turning off the main light and creating a warm glow with well placed lamps. We have a cute table lamp in our lounge but I’m hoping this might be the push Chris needs to let me invest in a floor lamp to go next to the sofa *prays to the homeware gods*.

 

4. PEOPLE

Apparently peak hygge is experienced with between three and four people – so maybe a handful of gal pals or a little homely double date, rather than y’know a full-blown house party. It’s about people you feel yourself around, people you know to the core, rather than y’know, trying to make new bezzies awkwardly from different sides of your sofa.

 

5. FOOD

It’s all about not denying yourself, of having a treat without completely overdoing it and stuffing so many carbs into your face that you *might* do a sick. Slow-cooked hearty food like lasagnes and stews with dumplings and mashed potatoes and omg so ready for autumn now please.

It’s also about sweet treats – a little slice of cake or a Danish (wah-hey) or my personal fave – the humble cinnamon bun.

 

6. DRINKS

Apparently after candles, the thing Danes most associate with hygge is hot drinks. So I guess that makes a bloody brilliant excuse to whip up the thickest hot chocolate known to man and top it with half a can of whipped cream, some marshmallows, a flake and maybe a little cinnamon bun for good measure, y’know? Or you could just have a pint of hot mulled cider <3

 

7. ACTIVITIES

If there’s one thing it’s absolutely not about it’s discussing whose Instagram grid you like most or checking your emails every 7.2 seconds. It’s about relaxing and switching off. Whether that’s by reminiscing about favourite memories and getting excited about future plans or whipping out a board game or even your fave boxset, that’s up to you.

 

8. BLANKETS AND CUSHIONS

Bit fuming I almost forgot about this v important part of hygge, but omg yes, the best excuse to accidentally spend the entire contents of your bank account in Primark home.

I dozed with two blankets on over the weekend because why have one when you can have two, eh?

 

I think the important thing for me is to seek out and create hygge-like situations until it becomes part of my routine, y’know?

To invite people over for pasta and a bottle of red shared whilst sitting on the floor with the fire on. To light all our candles at once and bake cookies for a cosy Sunday evening with Chris. To push myself to incorporate it more into my every day life and make an effort to find myself in moments where I’m like FUCK, this is it, this is the good stuff, this is the good life.

 

So tell me, what are your thoughts on it?

 



  • Blankets and candles always calm me down! I’ve discovered the word Hygge whilst I was in a cafe last month and couldn’t help but be fascinated by it as well. Such a unique word and I love the meaning of it. :)

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  • Inge

    Hi,

    Just thought I’d let you know that ‘hooga’ isn’t the totally correct pronunciation. The more correct anglicised pronunciation is ‘hue-geh’.

    Love your blog!

    X

    • OH MAN. OK, blame the book I’m reading. I will use the correction pronunciation going forward 🙈 xx

  • Kasia

    I visited Sweden this Summer and I’ve been obsessed with Scandinavian countries ever since. There is something really heartwarming about the way they live, speak and even move! Although next I’d like to visit Finland, Denmark is definitely on the list pretty high!

    Let’s face it, people who created Lego (that made me so happy as a child and I could play for hours in the colder months), must be the happiest people on Earth :)

    PS. Just ordered this little book, thank you for inspiration Hannah!

    • Just an FYi that Finland isn’t in Scandinavia – they have a different culture to Scandinavians (Norwegians, Swedes and Danes) :)

      • Kasia

        Sure, just like any Celtic nations refusing to admit they’re British!

        Whilst politically, the Finns may not like to be Scandinavian, geographically their country is on the Scandinavian Peninsula.

  • Oooh Hygge sounds like my kind of thing! I’m very much a homey type of person. Living in Spain that can be quite tough sometimes because the Spanish as a whole aren’t really very homey. They prefer to be out and about at ALL hours of the day apart from siesta time!

    I think I need to incorporate a littl emore hygge into my life, Hannah you’ve convinced me I NEED the book! :)

    A weekend of blankets, candles and loveliness it is!

    Peta xx

  • Not gonna lie, this is my life personified! The boyf and I are all about cosy nights in, a blanket each, candles and good food. Give me a night in in scruffs with a bottle of red (or prosecco, whatever) and I’m like a pig in mud! Sounds perfect – and any excuse to buy new homeware is the one!

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  • Omg this has made me SO excited for Autumn!! Candles and Hot chocolates everywhere x

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  • I definitely need more cushions and candles in my life!

  • Hygge is life right now. I really need to stop pronouncing it ‘HI-GEE’. I think it is such a lovely concept and it has made me want autumn SO much. Aaaaaall the cinnamon buns, candles, hot choc n blankets >:) Immy x

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  • Laura

    Hannah I feel like you need an electric diffuser in your life! They give off a gorgeous glow whilst diffusing essential oils into the air. So heavenly and perfect for getting hygge :)

    x

  • This sounds like the ideal life to be living! Sophie x

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  • My autumn and winter Friday nights are always embracing Hygge, without even knowing it. I commute from work, arrive at about 7pm and the first think I do is light all the candles. Then Adam will usually have cooked something delicious and hearty and we settle on the sofa with a bottle of wine and catch up on our weeks after not seeing each other. Although I love the lighter evenings and occasional sunny days in summer, I love love love autumn for this routine! Alice xxx

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  • I’ve always lived a bit more of a ‘hygge’ lifestyle, even though I’m quite an extroverted person. I love how well this fits in with the Autumn tradition of cosying up with candles and warm drinks for chill nights in!

  • My teenage son is out traveling, and I just texted him, that me and the cat were “hygge”-ing on the sofa.
    A combination of the sofa and a sleepy cat is for sure one of my favorite hygge moments, especially after a long workday.

    Greetings from Denmark 🇩🇰

  • YES! I spent a month last winter in Denmark and they just get it right! Can’t wait to try to replicate a little Hygge in my life this autumn :)

    Laura | collectinglabels.com

  • Count me IN! I love Hygge already, give me some colder weather! xx

  • Blankets, food, and candles are my jam. Such an informative post. :]

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  • A new bar called Hygge has just opened in Northampton. It’s a bit of a shock to have something so on trend for such a small town! Looking forward to trying it out. Really hope they have blankets!

  • Seeing this everywhere and usually I’m not on board with trends but this is a whole way of life we should all aspire to. The Danes are much happier people in general than us English are. I’ve been trying to explain hygge to my boyfriend too haha, he’s getting it, slowly. But why are candles so expensive?! I’ve just been offered a job so imma stock up on candles and treat myself anyways :’)

    There is totally some way of meshing hygge with Hannah Gale… similar letters ya know? Thinking caps on…. OK instead of HOOGA it’s gonna be HAAGA or HAAGAL. The Hannah Gale brand of hygge. You’re welcome 😉

  • I have been pronouncing it as Haggie! Oh dear, such a cute post, I am only a few pages in but I cannot wait to finish it :)

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  • Alice

    Love this post Hannah, you’ve definitely got me in the mood for a little bit of hygge! Alice x

    http://www.aliceadventures.co.uk

  • I always knew that my giant snuggly faux fur blanket, thousands of tealights, and gallons of hot chocolate with dirty squirty needed an official name. Must be my Scandi genes!

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