I’ve never been able to figure out what the Danish term “hugge,” pronounced “hoo-ga,” means.
Hugge is defined as “a characteristic of cosiness (feeling warm, cozy, and secure) derived from simple activities like lighting candles, baking, or spending time at home with your family.” According to the country of Nord, “the absence of anything disagreeable or emotionally overpowering; gaining enjoyment from the presence of soft, soothing things” is another description I like.
Hugge, on the other hand, is more of a way of life, a state of mind.
I’m starting to understand and enjoy Denmark now that I’m married to a Dane and have spent a lot of time there, but most importantly, I’ve personalized it. I’ve developed my own unique routines that make me feel at ease and content.
Of course, a slew of press pieces has attempted to clarify what Hugge implies. Although it has become a catchphrase, other cultures are still trying to figure out what it means. This time, I’d want to express my personal take on it.
Hugge is now something I do frequently at home to separate from the stressful and chaotic New York world, especially when the weather is chilly and dismal. It’s all about savoring a moment of private comfort in a house filled with natural materials, flowers, and candles, while sipping an organic hot chocolate or sipping a glass of red wine next to a magnificent open fire crackling in the background. Candles are a highly essential part of Danish culture, and Hugge is no exception. Candles have been scientifically shown to help us relax. Their light has a soft tone that makes it ideal for any relaxing program. It’s my personal favorite portion of the movie. Cire Trudon candles have always had a particular place in my heart, having grown up in Paris, France. In the house, we always had a candle or two blazings. These candles are a step back in time since they are made by the world’s oldest candlemaker, which is still in operation today.
Since 1643, the Trudon family has been providing candles to France’s cathedrals and nobles. The Trudons are most known for providing all of Versailles’ candles on a daily basis, serving Louis XIV, the Sun King, throughout his reign. The ‘Spiritus Sancti’ candle and room spray, inspired by the “heady and heavenly odour” of cathedral altars, is my absolute favorite. This smells just like an old, gorgeous Parisian apartment to me. It reminds me of my youth. During the spring and summer, I also enjoy using Cire Trudon’s Carriere Freres Jasminum Officinale candles.
Hugge is all about creating a welcoming environment and appreciating the small pleasures in life. Everyone may practice this skill by making these modest changes to their lives, no matter where they are.
Hugge might be the reason why Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the happiest countries on the planet.