WHERE DOES HYGGE COME FROM?
The first written account of Hygge was in the early 1800’s in Danish, but the word is actually Norwegian in origin. The original word in Norwegian means ‘well-being’, but Hygge may have originated from the word ‘hug’. Did you know the word hug comes from the 1560’s word ‘hugge’ which means ‘to embrace’. The origin of hugge is unknown but might possibly come from the Old Norse ‘hygga’ which means ‘to comfort’, which comes from the word ‘hugr’, meaning ‘mood’. Then hugr comes from the Germanic word ‘hugjan’ which is linked to the Old English word ‘hycgan’, which means ‘to think’. Mood, comfort, well-being, consideration and hug are all words which describe what Hygge is today.
HYGGE IS ABOUT PEOPLE
Being around other people is a key part of Hygge, but it might also be a key ingredient to happiness. Amongst scientists and researchers, there is an agreement that social relations are essential for people’s happiness.
You will know you cannot buy happiness, but you can buy a cake – which is almost the same thing. Hygge is something that should feel good to you, therefore if you want to eat cake, eat some cake. However at the same time, it is important to know when to stop, cake has a fine line of happiness and unhappiness. Bellyache or gaining a few pounds from cake would not be a very Hygge moment.