Hygge is a warm, cozy corner for your soul. Pronounced hue-gah, hygge is a Danish way of life that includes enjoying ordinary, everyday moments and making the simple special and beautiful. Whether it’s making a ritual of your daily coffee, lighting a candle each evening or enjoying a home cooked meal with friends, hygge is a lifestyle the Danes have developed over the centuries to thrive despite the cold, dark boredom of their long winters. And maybe it’s just the secret to enjoying February and March in NE Ohio.
As the concept spreads, several new books embody the style and may bring joy to your winter day just in the reading. Grab a cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy these new titles from Madison Public Library.
The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort and Connection focuses on the feelings of belonging, the creation of comfort and an appreciative awareness of the space around you.
How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life is filled with photos with a welcoming tone that explore elements of hygge such as getting outside and interior design.
Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way, a bestseller for many years in northern Europe, is truly about handling and storing wood. But it’s also about why man has a passion for open fires and the satisfaction from stacking wood well.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living delves into what makes hygge so good for personal well-being through short chapters on the experience of light, gatherings, eating and more.