Hygge has been everywhere lately and I’m all for this trend! Wikipedia defines it as ” the Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Hygge refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow”” I think of it as the feeling of walking into your cozy home after being out in the dark and cold winter. Pretty much like a nice warm hug but all the time.
Denmark is often named one of the happiest places on Earth and this definitely helps them get that title. I saw a TED talks ( this one! ) a little while ago about how humans need traditions to feel less alone and just to improve the overall quality of life. Since then I’ve been a little fascinated with the small everyday traditions and how they help make good days. Between hygge emphasizing everyday transitions and the overall beauty and coziness of hygge, it’s an awesome idea to embrace. It creates a more calm and welcoming living space and lifestyle which helps with anxiety and making your home ( or room! ) a calming sanctuary.
Some ways to incorporate hygge into life
- Warm drinks. I especially like spiced teas such as chai, apple cinnamon, ginger and liquorice, etc.
- Fairy lights and candles! Having a bright home keeps away winter blues. Also, keeping curtains and blinds open to let in the sunshine.
- Fire in fireplace or pit outside. Bonus points if you roast marshmallows!
- Fluffy socks, cozy blankets, fluffy pillows, rugs to add more warmth.
- Soups, stews or any warm comfort food.
- Take a little tea or coffee break during the day and really savour it.
- Freeze fruit into ice cubes to add flavour to your water.
- Iced tea and coffee.
- Walks in nature and taking everything in.
- Bright and cool living spaces.
- Having windows open to get lots of fresh air.
- Eating outside.
How I’ve been trying to embrace hygge
My favourite part has been adding fairy lights everywhere I can. Luckily, we had a large collection of lights from past Christmases, I would try to get them right after Christmas because that’s when they are cheapest and easiest to find.
Every day around 2:30-3:00pm my family tries to have a cup of tea together. It’s a nice way to have a break and a good time to have cookies!
Playing weekend music differentiates the days. Usually, I play old music or jazz to give a coffee shop feel.
I think being grateful and appreciating the coziness in things is a huge part of hygge and adds to the feeling of comfort. I make lists of all the little things I’m thankful for and try to appreciate things in the moment.
How do you feel about the hygge trend?