Chasing Hygge

Am I the only person who has the Ally McBeal baby start dancing through her head every time some says Hygge?

I might have lost some of you there so for  those who need a fresher reference it is also the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 so maybe you have an image of Baby Groot getting his groove on!

What is Hygge?

Hygge is a Danish word pronounced hue-guh.

Hygge has been described as

  • a cultural practice
  • a philosophy
  • a state of mind
  • a style of hospitality
  • a habit/ritual
  • a way of life

In fact, entire books have been written on the subject and I will be the first to admit that I am in no way an expert. I am simply a disciple of hygge. Some of my biggest take aways are,

  1. Hygge is daily. Small things that bring joy into the sameness of the day to day.  Quality over quantity. Little bits of happy that invade the normal every day of life.
    “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”― Meik WikingThe Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
  2.  Hygge is cozy. Manipulation of the environment is a part of Hygge. Candles, roaring fires, woolens, togetherness, food and informal hospitality all play into this cozy. Think simple but done well.
  3.  Hygge is Gratitude. It is a way of looking at the present moment with new eyes and appreciating the gifts it is giving versus wishing for something else. For example, Instead of framing winter as being a cold and void of life, light and happiness. A season that basically transforms the world into a slushy hole of sadness. It is a chance to enjoy skiing, sledding, snowball fights and snowman building, crisp walks and candlelight. It is a chance to wear warm scarves, hats and gloves and enjoy fires both outdoors and in.
  4. Hygge is Hospitality. When I started talking about Hygge, two of my favorite homeschooling moms in the area really challenged my thoughts on the subject. You see I immediately gravitated towards the cozy, simple pleasure aspect of Hygge. But they immediately gravitated towards the casual hospitality aspect of Hygge. And it has led me to really change my goals for the winter months. Hospitality is kind of a daunting task for me. Too often I choose to push it aside because it isn’t my comfort zone. Hygge hospitality is simple hospitality. A cup of tea or coffee, a simple snack. No agenda just enjoying each other and the season in all of its glory. Making connections to people around you. It is a worthy goal that I want to explore even though the introverted side of me is terrified!
  5. Hygge is a way to find joy in the everyday.Choosing simplicity. Choosing family. And not shying away from a challenge but instead embracing whatever life is offering at the moment. It is a way of living in the present instead of constantly wishing for more or different. Making people a priority instead of activities or elaborate plans. Comfortable cozy shaggy hospitality!

Ok so all of this is well and good but how can this impact my homeschooling in any meaningful way? 

That is what I am hoping to start to explore in my next post. I think in some ways cozy landscapes, warm beverages and casual learning experiences but I think it has the potential to go beyond that into some new and meaningful horizons of learning!

If you want to talk about this more, I would love to have a conversation with you! Come check out my facebook group or shoot me an email

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