The concept of Hygge was started in Denmark, which is consistently ranked one of the happiest countries in the world. It’s even the location of the awesome-sounding Happiness Research Institute, combining a couple of my favorite things: research and happiness! Seriously, how can I get a job there so I can be happy all the time?
Alas, I just have to settle for trying to bring the notion of hygge to where I am. The concept of hygge reflects the essence of this blog, which is to find contentment in everyday life. It’s easy to be happy when you’re on your dream vacation, but when you work tiring 9-5 days that also include long commutes, it becomes a bit tougher to find the time and energy to enjoy the little things in life.
For me, hygge includes traveling, a feeling of comfort, watching movies, discovering new cafes and restaurants, eating delicious food, appreciating nature, art, and architecture, and indulging in simple rituals like afternoon tea using beautiful tea cups and teapots. In fact, this sounds a lot like a French take on hygge!
Giving hygge a French twist, coupled with a little bit of Boston/New England sensibility, I’ve come up with a list of items that would make the perfect Paris in Boston French Hygge.
French Hygge should include:
- Indulgent candles in scents of lavender, eucalyptus, cherry blossom, or French vanilla
- Cozy cashmere blankets, sweaters, and lounge pants
- Picnics with friends and family
- Appreciating the beauty of nature
- Sipping tea in an antique teacup and a matching teapot
- Fresh bouquet of flowers like lavender, roses, magnolias, or hydrangeas
- Using the best silverware and china you own for everyday meals
- Writing letters using a fancy pen
If money was no option, I would buy lots of cashmere to wear just to lounge around my chateau by the cape 😉 Because what else encompasses French Hygge than cashmere?
I’ve curated some options that would make an ideal French Hygge. What would your ideal hygge include?