What is Hygge?

“Hygge” is a Danish word that is defined in a variation of ways, but the general loose translation is a cosy, homely ambience; the comfort that you experience in down time, while relaxing at home surrounded by familiarities.

Visit Denmark describes hygge as “creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. And let’s not forget the eating and drinking – preferably sitting around the table for hours on end discussing the big and small things in life.”

Hygge is mostly experienced in the home, where most familiarities and aspects of comfort are. It’s a known fact that work life is very different to home life but bringing a few aspects of hygge into the workplace can boost happiness at work if the balance is right.  Here are a few suggestions on how to make your workplace feel a little more like home.

Desk décor

If you work at a set-desk, bringing in a few things from home may make you smile when you arrive at work on a Monday morning. A photograph, a small figurine toy or key ring can spruce up your desk and let you add a personal touch. Candles – if they’re allowed – or fairy lights can give a glow and add to the ambience.

Be careful not to overdo it however, as clutter may cause distractions and affect productivity – depending on your work preferences.


Make a playlist of your favourite music and listen to it at work, whether it’s while you’re working through your to-do list or on your lunch break, music is a great way to zone out. Slower acoustic songs may be best to feel relaxed, however if you feel happiest listening to your favourite heavy metal band, go for that instead – anything familiar that brings you joy.

Take your favourite mug to work

It sounds simple, but having your favourite mug to enjoy your coffee or tea in rather than the boring plain ones provided by the building may make your drink taste a whole lot nicer and make you feel more chilled.

Build strong work connections

Being surrounded by familiarities doesn’t stop at objects; people too. Family and friends create a sense of hygge, and so at work, making friends and being around people you get along with will have the same, comforting effect.

Author of ‘Hygge, The Danish Art of Happiness’ Marie Tourell Søderberg describes hygge as “the feeling of being seen and recognised - and to be surrounded by the familiar and well known,” which explains why making an effort with colleagues is so important to happiness. 

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our Content Writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with a love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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