As we plunge into the dark months of winter we explore the Danish lifestyle concept of hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), which may just be the secret to why the Danes are often recognised for being amongst the happiest people on the planet. Hygge isn’t meant to be translated but is instead meant to be felt. So what is this lifestyle and how can we add a little bit of hygge into our lives?

In essence hygge means enjoying pleasurable and cosy time with family and friends.

Psychologist Dr Saima Latif, says: “It is thought the winter blues, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), affects around 2 million people in the UK. Research shows positive health effects from viewing natural landscapes on stress levels and speed of recovery from stress or mental fatigue, and long-term overall improvement on people's health and wellbeing.”

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