By now, we’re assuming you’ve heard of hygge (pronounced HOO-gah), the Danish lifestyle fad that emphasizes coziness and other pleasant things. It’s not just one thing you do; it’s a way of living that is more peaceful and cozy. Examples include reading a book while curled under a blanket, drinking mulled wine by the fire, or gathering with friends for a hearty meal.
Hygge, which has long been a pillar of Danish culture, has recently swept the globe. This is partly because the Scandinavian design is becoming increasingly popular. Still, it may also be because it emphasizes appreciating the present in a fast-paced world of endless Instagram scrolls and endless news cycles. It serves as a reminder to celebrate all the positive things in life, no matter how small or large they may be. Everything you need to know about the Danish idea of hygge is provided here, along with tips on embracing some aspects of the way of life right now, when many of us probably need them.
A Scandinavian way of life known as hygge promotes coziness and serenity. It can be done in ways other than just decorating and celebrating well-being and joy. You can incorporate hygge into your way of life in the following ways:
The seven methods listed below will help you establish hygge in your home.
The Danish word “hyggeligt,” which translates directly to “warm, cozy, snug, and homely,” best describes the feelings of warmth, coziness, and coziness in the winter more than anything else. It genuinely evokes all the feelings. The fire should be made with accurate logs if you want to embody hygge as done by the Danish.
Undoubtedly, the aroma of anything freshly baked makes a home feel warm and loving. Allow your children to decorate the cupcakes on a Sunday while you are still in your pajamas and socks, even though you know it will be a complete mess. Enjoy the moment without worrying about the mess, and then relax on the couch with a hot beverage and a blanket to savor those “shambly” decorated cupcakes.
Hygge is the antidote to our modern lifestyles. It’s all about being present in the moment. Get rid of your phone and curl up in your bed or on the couch with a good book or magazine. Feel the pages between your fingers. Nothing beats this during the long, cold winter months.
It is challenging to maintain mental clarity in a cluttered home. We tend to gather a lot of things over time. Things that you haven’t used in a while or that you might not use in the future should be disposed of or donated on purpose.
Hygge culture places a lot of importance on texture. A great way to cuddle up and fully experience the hygge lifestyle is with soft, warm, cozy blankets. Invest in clothing that is comfortable against your skin and provides you with the warmth and comfort you require in this climate.
Nesting is the key to hygge—dwelling in a cozy space and indulging in the coziness. Grab your favorite pair of sweatpants—the ones you wouldn’t dare wear outside your home—your softest blanket, a pair of wool socks, and your hyggebusker.
The hygge way of life is all about having fun times with friends. Over the past year, I’ve realized how much I’ve missed seeing my old friends and relatives, so I’m eager to start throwing dinner parties once more. However, you don’t want to overwork yourself in the process of preparing for entertaining. Instead, host a potluck dinner for your friends and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Perhaps one of the reasons the Danish are among the happiest people on the planet is that they do not value the seventy-hour workweek as highly as Americans do. They leave to finish the rest of their day when their 4:00 p.m. quitting time arrives. Why not mark the event on your work calendar as an important appointment and see if the world comes to an end when you leave?
Hygge can be incorporated into daily life in so many different ways! even if it’s only a single tiny thing. Consider re-establishing connections with your loved ones, yourself, and nature during the winter. It might be a good opportunity for some much-needed rest and introspection. This winter, embrace the coziness of the season and let your inner Dane out!