How to Hygge Aussie style
Author: Hanna Lofgren Date Posted:16 July 2021
Have you ever wondered how come the nations with the most horrible, harsh winters, continuously rule the lists of the world's happiest countries? The answer may well lie in what the Danes call hygge and the Swedes mys.We’ve collated a starter kit for hygg
How to Hygge Aussie style
Scandis tend to crack up when we in Australia complain about freezing in the midwinter. The notion of eternal perfect beach weather down under sits tight. And yes, admittedly, most winters, a Viking has more snow in his backyard than we do in the entirety of the Snowy Mountains. Then again, the most chilling challenges of our local winter conditions aren’t out in the wild. Nope. It’s indoors you’ll most likely end up feeling refrigerated.
It’s time to borrow some good old Northern tricks to turn this bone-chilling season into something bearable, even snug and enjoyable. Let’s hygge!
Getting snuggly with it
Have you ever wondered how come the nations with the most horrible, harsh winters, continuously rule the lists of the world's happiest countries? The answer may well lie in what the Danes call hygge and the Swedes mys.
Both terms are pretty much impossible to translate into one single word of English. Instead they cover a whole bunch of warm and fuzzy feelings of contentment, coziness, harmony and well-being. Hygge/mys is refusing to believe in the concept of miserable weather, and instead making the most of it by enjoying the simple things in life; A good book and cup of tea in a cute mug under a warm wool blanket. Going for candle light over the led-lamps. Secretly pairing the Zoom-smart office shirt with your favourite sweatpants. Chunky knits and woollen socks. Fireplaces. Comforting treats and home-made goodies.
All things cozy
So where to start if you wish to create hygge at home? With more than 7.5 million #hygge -tagged posts on Instagram (and counting) it’s all too easy to drown in the sea of inspiration and end up staring at your phone for the rest of the night. That is definitely not hygge.
To make things easier for you, we’ve collated a starter kit for hyggeing.
Lighten up. For instant coziness, light a scented candle inspired by the Nordics. This one with notes of black tea and mint leaves, dried apples and a dusting of baked cinnamon is actually called Hygge, so you really cannot go wrong with it.
Get toasty. Say bye-bye to chills and wrap up in your favourite wool blanket or throw. Don’t have one? Nordic Fusion have plenty of Swedish designed throws to choose from, so you are sure to find one to complement your lounge.
Go for comfort. Hibernating is so much sweeter with a block of chocolate, isn’t it? Swedes are known for their sweet tooth (highest candy consumption per capita in the world), so including chocolates and other treats in the hygge feel is a must.
All warm on the inside. No matter if you’re hyggeing on the Northern or Southern hemisphere, a cuppa is a warm-up-classic. Fill your favourite mug with a good quality tea or hot chocolate, or try hot juice in true Scandinavian manner.