Hugge for the first time, as an independent concept originated in the Scandinavian countries. This word means a feeling of comfortable communication and comfort with feelings of satisfaction and well-being. In Danish and Norwegian, Hugge has the meaning of everyday unity, as well as this highly valued and pleasant everyday sense of equality and security, spontaneous social flow and personal integrity.
The word hyugge can be an adjective and a verb. Now Hyugge has gained immense popularity and is a defining characteristic of Danish culture.
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In simple words, a khyugge is something cozy, good, safe with respect to the psychological state. The essence of this concept is to create a friendly atmosphere that promotes the general well-being of people.
Mike Viking researcher in the field of subjective well-being has defined the following criteria for achieving comfortable happiness in Danish:
- first of all, the house or office must be made cozy;
- it is recommended to receive close people at home;
- it is important to learn how to enjoy cooking and always eat deliciously;
- adhere to an active lifestyle;
- always dress in comfortable clothes;
- be able to enjoy simple things, appreciate simple pleasures;
- engage in what brings joy, have a hobby;
- have a sense of proportion, enjoy the moment.
But in these listed criteria there are some dirty tricks and cozy happiness in Danish doesn’t seem that way if a visiting person inadvertently wants to stand out against the Danes, since this is not accepted in the country and equality is their priority. If you touch the story, then in the tribes of hunter-gatherers there was equality, and those who wanted leadership, were mocked, ridiculed or expelled.
There are now counter-domination strategies that welcome maximum equality of people. The reason for this behavior is the legacy of Lutheranism. Christianity plays a significant role in the Danish world view. In Denmark, the church is not separated from the state and the law of God is an obligatory school subject. Perhaps this is the reason that the demonstration of success and hard work for the purpose of financial enrichment cause disapproval of Danish society.
In Denmark, big businessmen are not role models, for example, the transport and oil tycoon did not like Arnold Mersk MacKinni Möller, but he enjoyed respect. And this is despite the fact that Moeller always tried to avoid an unnecessary demonstration of wealth. He was a supporter of labor discipline, was always present at meetings, ate homemade sandwiches, and walked up to his office. Thanks to his behavior and generous donations, it was he who financed the construction of the opera house in Copenhagen, he was able to avoid criticism from his compatriots.
Representatives of different cultures and nations have Scandinavian comfort, design and cuisine inspire respect, interest and envy. However, it is alarming that many Hugge fans dream of their home somewhere in the Mediterranean. And it is no coincidence that English journalist Michael Booth, who was married to a Danish woman, came to this conclusion. Living in Scandinavia, he concluded that there was an idealization of these countries. Booth wrote the book "Almost perfect people" about Danes, Norwegians, Swedes, Icelanders, Finns, explaining why these countries have achieved social and economic success.
So, anyone who wants to move to Scandinavia, it will be interesting and important to get acquainted with the Danish commandments. This set of rules of the Scandinavian mentality was formulated back in 1933 by Axel Sandemuse in his work "The Fugitive Crosses His Trail".
The laws of Jante (Scandinavian mentality) read:
- do not think that you are something special;
- do not think that you can teach us something;
- do not imagine that it is better than us;
- do not think you know more;
- do not think that you are as good as we are;
- do not think that you are fit for something;
- do not think that you are wise;
- do not consider yourself more significant than us;
- do not think that someone cares about you;
- do not laugh at us.
If we now touch the laws of Yante in a conversation with a Dane, then it is possible that he will take a breath and say that this is no longer there and the satyr Sandemuse is irrelevant. He added that the Danes are proud of their personal achievements, rejoicing over those who are accompanied by success. But after a moment, the interlocutor will give examples from the lives of friends who have suffered from the laws of Yante in the province. Danes would agree that social conformity is found in the far corners of the country, but not in the Danish capital. Copenhagen is a global city, and its inhabitants are brilliant individualists.
Michael Booth is convinced that, in one way or another, the laws of Jante operate everywhere in Denmark. Until now, these norms are the basis of actions and habits, there is a disapproving attitude towards those who, although only slightly, show ambitions and go beyond the accepted behavior. Individualists do not like local people, and the Danes have their own opinion on how they should behave.
So the cozy happiness in Danish doesn't seem like that at all if you move there and live among the indigenous population. Danes do not like to show off, behind the scenes there is an element of mutual deterrence. This can be traced in the names of stores that have modest signs, if it is a hairdresser, then it is called "Barber Shop", the store of products is simply "Shop". If one of the interlocutors leads a conversation about wealth or luxury, then this will cause only embarrassment and irritability.
One of the most striking examples of unnecessary excesses, as the Danes believe, is the following: the Danes will refuse to buy a house with a swimming pool, even if the price of the house is as usual as for a simple house. The presence of the pool will cause them to be perplexed.
The following rule, which is important to adhere to: absolutely unacceptable boast of their academic success or the success of their children. This is contrary to the rules and way of life. All these foundations are passed down from generation to generation. The Scandinavian mentality adheres to the following principle: "we are ready to accept you if you are the same as we are."
To see if the laws of Yante are in effect today, it is enough to read Danish newspapers, which, for example, printed a report about the heir to the Swedish Tetra Pak empire, Hans Rausinge, who has a history of drugs. The title of the article read: "Billions did not save him." Many newspapers of the world like to discuss loud failures, but Danish, for some reason, especially.
However, some Danes are exempted from the laws of Yante, an example of which is the royal family. But to creative, successful people, the rules are usually applicable, although they try to demonstrate that success has not changed them and they remain ordinary people.
So how to let the hygge into your life?
Danes welcome the ability to appreciate simple life pleasures and enjoy the present moment. The concept of hygge means special feelings and atmosphere associated with happiness. Denmark is in the list of wealthy countries. Opinion polls and studies have confirmed that the Danes can be considered the happiest people.
In Denmark, organized special tours-tours of coffee shops, parks, streets and squares, where you can feel happier. You can feel the hygge in the atmosphere of the house, serenity, intimacy of close people, when there is a feeling of security and you can relax. It is important that the budget was modest. The more luxury and brilliance, the less will be the hygge. So say the Danes.
An example of hugge in Denmark is the popular song "Happy Day Swante", which focuses on the ability to enjoy simple things.
Detect signs of hygge can:
- observing dark natural flowers, slow natural phenomena, (raindrops running down the glass, tongues of fire, falling snow);
- moved mentally to the past, where it was good, safe, comfortable. This allows you to feel the scent of lilac, Christmas tree, vanilla baking, wooden furniture, mom's perfumes;
- in the taste of tea with honey, cookies with icing, stews with wine sauce;
- the crackling of burning logs, shooting sparks; in the creaking of wooden floorboards, in a roll of thunder, if you stay at home in comfort; in the rustle of trees; in the rain knocking on the window;
- in the pleasant sensations that arise when you run your hand over a soft surface; when you warm up, holding your hands on a warm mug; touch the surface of the wooden old table.
How to reach Hugge
To do this, light candles and dim the lights. 28% of people in Denmark do it every day. The second way is to create a pleasant warm light at home, since it rains every other day in Denmark, imitating amber light is a necessity for maintaining good health and mood.
Create a secluded place in the living room or kitchen where you can comfortably spend time. Some Danish realtors in the sale of apartments indicate the presence of such places. Such a place can ideally serve as a wide window sill where pillows and blankets are placed. Here in the evenings they drink delicious tea, read books, watch the falling snow.
It also creates a fireplace, vintage and wooden objects, pleasant to the touch things, porcelain and ceramics.
The recipe for happiness in the Danes is essentially simple: you should keep a balance between work and personal life.
An important part of Hugge is time spent with friends. This is the most important ingredient of happiness. Most people in Denmark meet their friends or family once a week. The best company for Hugge in the amount of four people. Meetings with friends are filled with calm, mutual concern, equality (no one tries to be the main one).
All guests are involved in cooking, setting the table, and then putting everything in order. In such a relaxed atmosphere, everyone relaxes and can be himself. In this comfort zone, everyone is good.
But in order to rally the company, you can follow common traditions and rules, for example, to get together at a favorable time of the year in nature, play outdoor games, ride bicycles.
To achieve hygge strict diets are excluded. Gastronomic indulgence must necessarily be present: coffee, sweets, hot chocolate, vanilla pastry, cocoa. Food should not be fanciful and expensive, everything should be affordable.
Stew cooked at home is Hugge, but dinner at an expensive restaurant, for example, foie gras or crabs, is not. Overeating in the stomach is not hygge.
Cooking Hygge dishes includes enjoying the leisurely process. And what is being prepared with your own hands is especially appreciated. For example, homemade strawberry jam is valuable because it can bring back the feeling of summer.
Danes love stylish and casual clothes. For example, you can buy a big scarf, pick up a cardigan or a hand-knitted cardigan, make a casual haircut, and this will already be a hyugge. Residents of Denmark practice multi-layered clothing, because the weather often changes and even joke about it, that there is no bad weather, but there is inappropriate clothing.
This is what Mike Viking recommends for quick relaxation and recuperation: candles, high-quality chocolate, favorite tea, a book, a film, jam, warm socks, a jumper, a soft blanket, a beautiful notebook, a favorite photo album.
To feel the hygge, you can still play board games, have a fire, watch an open-air movie, go down the hill, ride a bike, go on a picnic with lemonade, pastries, cheese, bread and fruit.