Remember hygge? The Danish way of life that trended on American design sites a few years back? Over the course of a few months, hundreds of articles were shared about how non-Danes could achieve a more hygge way of life by adding simple pleasures. Considering Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world, people feverishly lapped up tips on how bringing more candles and knitted blankets into the home can spark joy. Hygge, like all things in vogue, came and went. But in Denmark, hygge is far from a trend, it’s a way of life. During the long, dark winters when Danes retreat inside their homes, hygge is what brings them a great sense of comfort and joy. As we huddle inside our abodes during lockdown or shelter in place, seeking out simple hyggelig comforts is more relevant than ever.
The hygge approach to life begins in