WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY
Fatima Alloghani - Emirati
Being Emirati and having lived in Denmark for 2 years with my family, I have high and positive expectations for the HYGGE lifestyle to become a part of the UAE.
The best way that I can translate HYGGE to Arabic is by comparing it to “Lammah” or “Al Qaadah”.
Having first-hand experienced the Danish HYGGE and how it brings happiness and togetherness into your life and family, I could not think of a better time to add the HYGGE lifestyle to the life we are leading in Dubai.
A lifestyle jam-packed with long working hours, a fast paced growth, as well as technology stealing time and focus from our family. Hence slowly taking away well-being and togetherness.
My experience is that HYGGE is a keystone for happiness and a mean to decouple wealth from well-being. I have no hesitation stating that the world needs the HYGGE. UAE needs the HYGGE.
We all need to smile more and return to a more heartfelt life style – like in the old days where we used to sit around Fanar.
HYGGE provides that and will encourage us to back to Fanar.
Fatima Alloghani is Head of Expo Academy & Emiratization, Expo 2020 Dubai
HR & Development Master, Public Speaker, Social Dev. Advocate,
Women Champion, Leadership Programs Manager, PhD. Researcher
Meik Wiking - Danish
Meik Wiking is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark and also a founding member of the Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies. Meik and his work have been featured in more than five hundred media outlets and he has spoken at TEDx. Meiks books have been translated into several languages. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
When asked "Why are Danes the happiest people in the world?"
"It is due to the Hygge. Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, it is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.
Hygge is the sensation you get when you’re cuddled up on a sofa, in comfortable surroundings, wearing cozy clothes under a soft throw. It’s that feeling when you’re sharing comfort food and easy conversation with loved ones at a candlelit table. It is the warmth of morning light shining just right on a crisp blue-sky day".
Want to get your hands on Meiks book click here (we will have it in our shop in a jiffy though).
Meik Wiking is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Research Associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness.
Chantal Jean Gomez - French
Can we find "HYGGE" in French culture?
“The French love to savor life. We love our free time. We like to bask in the sun on a cafe terrace at breakfast time or in the evening for an aperitif. Taking our time is our daily philosophy, just as eating and drinking is our way of life. Our lunch break is sacred! Where? Anywhere! In the restaurant, in the canteen or in the rest room with colleagues but never in front of a computer screen!
Going to a restaurant is for us an outing in its own. We share tasty dishes accompanied by fine wines in good company. We love picnicking on the beach, in the countryside or in a park. We share a real elaborate meal without ever forgetting the irreplaceable dessert - all washed down with a bottle of very fresh rosé!
The time spent at the table with friends or family can seem endless for some, but for us, these are pure moments of shared happiness, lively or even very passionate discussions and laughter. This is our dose of French HYGGE. "
But then - where is the difference? Danish HYGGE is a lifestyle that permeates all areas of life in Denmark. There is no implied duration of time, very simple things as well as more sophisticated things can be hyggelige. HYGGE has no rules other than spending pleasant moments together.
HYGGE does not make us slow or lazy but on the contrary more productive and efficient.
Chantal Jean Gomez
Co-directrice de Destination Français -Formatrice français langue étrangère