The "Hygge" concept (pronounced, HUE-GUH) is a Danish word and essentially means appreciating a feeling or moment and taking pause in that moment. I love this concept so much because applies to you being alone and enjoying a cup of tea, the design and comfort of your home, the beauty of the company you are in or merely just taking a walk to admire nature- it is about slowing down, and not just being in the present, but living and enjoying it!
I came across this word a few years ago on a cookbook, and all the recipes in this book are comforting and cosy recipes. This does not mean that the food is heavy, fatty or unhealthy, it is more about cooking wholesome and delicious food that either you alone can enjoy, or for a whole group of people. One of the recipes I really loved was a grilled chicken with vegetables, and I know this sounds just like a typical day for most of us, but how often do we acknowledge that it is a healthy meal, with different health benefits and has the ability to make us feel full, content and happy.
This word was coined by the Danes as a way to appreciate the beauty that they are in as opposed to getting stuck in the dark, gloomy and cold winter months that come after Summer. So instead of making it an actual choice to be calm, cosy, still, charming and content, they actively use it in their everyday lives to make those cold and dark days appear more bright and delightful.
I absolutely love this term, and I have been trying to incorporate it into my daily life as often as I can. I take a moment while driving to appreciate the beauty around me, and if a good song comes on, I sing out loud and enjoy that moment fully. I know in this day and age it is so hard to remove ourselves from social media, and we talk about "mindfulness" and "self-care" like we have the right to preach it, but do we? I don't know, because we don't do it every day (even for an hour), we do it on a Sunday or weekend when we "have the time"- but the Danes have learned to incorporate that into their lifestyle and I see it their creative work and it inspires me every single day to do the same and more present in the present.
I hope this Danish way of life inspires you to love those charming and cosy moments you have, no matter how insignificant they may seem.-because, in my opinion, it's the difference between being bitter and content with your present life/moment.
Recipe: Red velvet hot chocolate
Warm the milk and once simmering, add the grated beets.
Add the rest of the ingredients and let it all come to a good boil.
Put everything into your food blender (I used my Kenwood blender it made my drink foamy and thick)
Sprinkle with dried rose petals and enjoy!