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The Danish concept of hygge has been gaining popularity, but what is it and why should you care?
If you haven’t heard of hygge, it’s defined as a state of coziness and belonging. It can be found in everyday moments like cooking together, sharing a cup of coffee or spending time with friends and family.
Unsurprisingly, this cozy concept has taken Pinterest by storm, but there’s more to hygge than a cute, warm aesthetic. Let’s explore exactly what hygge is and why you should add it to your life.
Hygge originally derived from the Norwegian word “hugga,” which means to comfort or console. It has since evolved into a core part of Danish culture and it has become integral to country’s sense of well-being.
Hygge is an important aspect of life in Denmark, where it’s common to see people create hyggelige (hygge-like) moments every day. It can be seen throughout their home décor, which tends towards the cozier side, and in their food.
The people of Denmark prioritize hygge because it encourages a sense of togetherness across all levels of society. In fact, Denmark is one of the happiest countries on Earth (link to this), which is likely due in large part to their strong concept of hygge.
Now that we know what hygge is, let’s take a look at how to make it a part of everyday life.
Turning down the lights is a great way to create that cozy feeling. This can be done by dimming overhead lights or even just turning off some lamps to add extra ambiance. Candles are also an excellent choice because they give off both light and a familiar, comforting scent.
I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but it’s worth repeating. Putting your devices away will help encourage deeper conversation and create a stronger sense of togetherness because you’re fully present in the moment. Plus, it can be hard to feel cozy when your phone is lighting up every few seconds with work emails or texts from friends asking. You end up getting distracted and spending your time scrolling.
Making a meal together is an excellent way to get cozy and strengthen bonds with your family or friends. Cooking can be considered hyggelige, especially if you’re cooking together! Not only that, but sharing food (especially of the comfort-food variety) has been proven to increase happiness both in the short and long term.
Making a card, scarf, painting or other small project is another easy way to add hygge into your life. These projects can be done with friends who are looking for some good company while they craft as well! Plus, it will give you something nice to do for others, which can be a great way to spread some hygge energy.
Gratitude is one of the best ways to increase happiness in your life (link to this), so why not take time every day or night to think about all that you’re grateful for? It doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process; even just five minutes of quiet reflection is enough to get you started and give your mind the boost it needs.
Being in nature is a surefire way to feel relaxed, happy and more connected with everyone around you. When your mind feels clear after spending time outside, it’s easier for positive emotions like happiness or contentment to take over. Plus, there’s something about the fresh air that always makes everything seem slightly better than before.
When the sun goes down earlier and comes up later, it can be hard to get out of bed. After all, there’s nothing better than staying in your cozy warm bed with a good book or some Netflix when it’s cold outside! However, embracing winter (or summer) weather for what it is will make you feel more comfortable and content, which are both ingredients for achieving a state of hygge.
Winter is also prime time to go skiing, snowboarding or do other winter sports that will get your heart pumping and help you enjoy the season even more!
We’ve already gone over the importance of cozy lighting, but there’s more to home decor than just that. Adding some knitted throws or a plush rug will make your space even cozier and is an easy way to get started! From there you might want to add some candles for extra ambiance. Fairy lights are also a fun choice, especially since they can be used year-round.
Potted plants are an easy way to bring some nature into your home without having to worry about cleaning up leaves or dead flowers in winter weather! Small indoor trees are also a good idea if you have more space for them. Plus, there ‘s something about the soft glow of a lamp and fresh plant that just feels relaxing.
The Danes have been practicing hygge for centuries and we can all learn from their example. It’s time to stop neglecting our sense of togetherness in favor of work or social media and start taking time each day to make the people in our lives feel special. Plus, there’s nothing better than a good night spent bonding and connecting with your favorite people over food or shared hobbies.
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