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Hygge - What is it and how to embrace this concept

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I'm pretty sure that by now, everybody has at least heard of the name HYGGE, or the danish-happy-concept. But what is it exactly and more important, how do you pronounce this word, 'cuz let me tell you, there has been a lot of laugher surrounding this word, trying to spell it out in the right manner. Sorry for that danish people. We didn't do it on purpose! ^_^

For starters, Hygge is pronounced Hoo-Ga.
Something could be hyggelig(t).
And hyggede could describe the feeling after a reunion.
Danish has a multitude of composed words, like speciallægepraksisplanlægningsstabiliseringsperiode.
Yeah, i know. Winner ticket for scrabble, right? Wonder how it is pronounced though, because i had to triple check to see if i wrote it correctly.

Well, spelling this was the easy part. Is explaining the concept per-se, that's the hardest part.
We all know that certain words, in different languages, not just danish, don't have a literal translation and much is lost during it.

I can only say that hygge, at least that's how i understand this concept, is the art of creating an intimate space, a cozy, friendly, good vibes only corner, filled with things that only give your soul peace, improve your creativity, happiness in it's purest form.
Hygge cannot be created with only material things.
The presence of the loved ones, the shared memories or the intimacy, the safe feeling you have when you're around people you trust, the moment you let your guard down, your walls, your insecurities and just be yourself. Your dorky, cute, weird self, because you're home.
Home with your family and home with your true friends, the ones who support you and are there for you when you need them the most.

Winnie the Pooh was a wise bear. He said that you can't spell out emotions, you just feel them.
Ain't that right, Pooh-bear? ^_^

Hygge - what is it and how do you pronounce it - danish hygge - what is it - how to pronounce it - danish norvegian concept - book review - cozy comfortable life
Author:  Meik Wiking
Cover:  Hardcover
Pages:  288
Format:  210x150
Editura:  LITERA
Hygge - what is it and how do you pronounce it - danish hygge - what is it - how to pronounce it - danish norvegian concept - book review - cozy comfortable life

Honestly, i think danes are funny as well. When asked, they think their language sounds like the snoring of a dying seal or a german who eats a hot potato. Just google danish sounds like and you'll see a lot of funny things.

Hygge - what is it and how do you pronounce it - danish hygge - what is it - how to pronounce it - danish norvegian concept - book review - cozy comfortable life

Hygge - what is it and how do you pronounce it - danish hygge - what is it - how to pronounce it - danish norvegian concept - book review - cozy comfortable life

I think i have been on board with this trend for years now, because i've been doing it without even realising.
My favorite cup always sits on my flower coaster, filled with either hot cocoa or a freshly made smoothie.
The candles have their own space, the books as well, and my bullet journal, or should i say, journals, because i have a small one for my bag as well.

I already showed it a couple of times on Instagram and you all asked me from where i got it. It has the perfect size, some of the pages are empty, some are lined and some have beautiful mandalas or florals, perfect if you're ever in the mood to colour something.

I know that most people prefer gadgets to write their thoughts or plan things, but i'm old school.
I like my paper and pen, my pens and washi tape, right there in front of me, where i can see them.

Hygge - what is it and how do you pronounce it - danish hygge - what is it - how to pronounce it - danish norvegian concept - book review - cozy comfortable life

Hygge - what is it and how do you pronounce it - danish hygge - what is it - how to pronounce it - danish norvegian concept - book review - cozy comfortable life

Hygge - what is it and how do you pronounce it - danish hygge - what is it - how to pronounce it - danish norvegian concept - book review - cozy comfortable life

Whether you call out your friends on a cold, rainy day, to watch the latest Game of Thrones episodes (no spoilers please, don't tell me who died!), or you go out on a picnic, with freshly made snacks and socată (suc de soc or elderberry juice), hygge can be obtained anywhere, anytime. You just have to enjoy and appreciate these moments, because in time, they will become your precious momories.

This book is filled with so many beautiful photos, so much inspiration, so many good advices, DIY's, recipes, Christmas time, summer time, traditions and what not.
Honestly, how did all of this fit in 288 pages, is still a wonder to me. :))

Hygge - what is it and how do you pronounce it - danish hygge - what is it - how to pronounce it - danish norvegian concept - book review - cozy comfortable life

Hygge - what is it and how do you pronounce it - danish hygge - what is it - how to pronounce it - danish norvegian concept - book review - cozy comfortable life

Hygge - what is it and how do you pronounce it - danish hygge - what is it - how to pronounce it - danish norvegian concept - book review - cozy comfortable life

I received this book from LIBRIS, one of my favorite on-line libraries when it comes to books.
This is the only place i've seen the book on a really small price, 25 lei give or take.

If you're watching their SALE's, like i do, you can get a discount and a free delivery as well for your order. And i never had a problem with them. Very responsive and always ready to help their customers. They receive a big thumbs up for that!

As for the book, i hope you enjoyed this review because this has somersaulted straight into my favorite books list. It's the kind of book you pick up over and over again, and always discover something enjoyable. Definitely a must in your libraries.

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The true meaning of hygge is happiness. You can be happy only if you let go of everything that gets you down and makes your soul feel heavy. Learn to enjoy and appreciate all the small things that you usually overlook. Be content and say thank you for all the wonderful things you already have in your life and let the ones you care about most, know how much their love, loialty and friendship mean to you.

What say you lovely readers, are you on board with this book or not?
Let me know in the comments down below if you're already practicing hygge, or if you're interested in checking out this book to see what's the hype really about.

Have a lovely day!

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