Hygge. It's such a fun and silly word to say, but what does it mean? According to Merriam-Webster, hygge is “a cozy quality that makes a person feel content and comfortable”. It is a Danish/Norwegian term that came into use sometime during the year 1960. In Denmark, when the winters are particularly long, dark, and harsh, hygge is how they find joy and comfort.
Now, I know our winter hasn’t been particularly dark or long but it has been weird and strenuous in its own ways. Temperature changes aren’t easy, even for midwesterners like us who are familiar with it being all four seasons in a day. But even so, if you are anything like me, this swing from 60 to 20 to 70 again is taking its toll.
That is why the Cape Girardeau Public Library has decided to bring back our patron-favorite Hygge Night! Join us for a relaxed evening of crafts, coloring, and cocoa. We encourage you to be comfortably you. Wear a hoodie or pajama pants and some soft fuzzy socks to really get that comfortable mood going. Don’t want to participate in the crafts but still want to participate? Bring a book that you find soothing and safe to get some relaxed reading in. Want something to eat to go along with your cocoa? Pack a comfort food as a snack to munch on while you work.
This will be CGPL’s second Hygge Night and we hope to make it as wonderful as the first! We hope to see you there; bring a friend if you'd like! Nothing says comfort like hanging out with a friend.
My Hygge Home: How to Make Home Your Happy Place
This book is inspired by the Danish concept of Hygge. Using the tips provided within, learn how to make your home into something comfortable and cozy for everyone.
Hygge and West Home: Design for a Cozy Life
This book features examples of what Hygge living could be. Open these pages to get a glimpse of some beautiful and cozy homes, interviews with the home owners, and tips on how to create a similar living environment within your own home. From San Francisco to Brooklyn, Coop's pages show that the Danish inspired way of living can be accessible here too.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
Another book by Meik Wiking, this book looks at the way the Danish live comfortably. Hygge generally translates into a feeling of well being, of comfort, of being together in a state of well-being. Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying Danish culture and their way of living. This book is Meik's guide to show you have you too can learn to live well.