By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director for Southern Writers Magazine
Happy Fall, y’all! Yes, it’s hard to think cozy and all things fall when it’s 100 degrees in my neck of the woods. Cooler temperatures are promised for this week, fingers crossed. Pumpkin spice everything has arrived, so you know it’s fall.
The word, “hygge” keeps popping up in various articles I’ve recently seen. I dove into finding out more about it. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word art of creating intimacy. Dictionary.com defines “Hygge is a Danish cultural concept and value of warm, happy coziness and togetherness, which people make time for in everyday life. Outside of Denmark, hygge is commonly referred to as "the good feeling you get from a well-curated, cozy, and aesthetically pleasing environment."
It’s a live in the moment vibe you can create for yourself. Unlike other catch words, hygge doesn’t require any cash investment. It’s about using what you have and creating a cozy space for yourself, friends and family. You don’t need to buy a “hygge writing desk” and there are no “hygge foods” to consume. Are you in, now?
Even HGTV is focusing on hygge. “HGTV Urban Oasis 2019 embraces the elements of a hygge lifestyle with simple, modern design that emphasizes the joy of the everyday.”
For me, I always rearrange my reading/writing area by adding a comfy cozy throw and pillow. #hyggeMySpace
My deep dive into hygge found some interesting articles. There is a Pinterest board on “journal writing and hygge.” There are numerous articles to peruse on This board. One article from montanahappy.com provided 100 journal hygge writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing; Here are 10 of their “Hygge Journal Writing Prompts:
1) What advice would you give your younger self, knowing what you know now?
2) If your employer gave you a month-long paid sabbatical, what would you do and where would you go?
What elements are the most important in designing your dream house?
4) When was the last time you felt in awe of something?
5) What’s your favorite restaurant or coffee house, and what about it makes it so unique?
6) If you could start your dream career, knowing you wouldn’t fail – what would that career look like?
7) What’s your top destination on your bucket list and describe what it is you would like to see and experience there?
8) What simple things make you happy? How are you going to make room in your life for experiencing more of them?
9) How do you express your creativity?
10) When have you felt “in the flow” of life, where whatever you were working on was effortless? What do you think prompted it? “
Are you ready to try to give your writing/reading space the hygge vibe and try some hygge writing exercises? #hyggeMySpace