14 Nov How do I HYGGE?
Have you heard about the Hygge? Hygge is actually a Danish word and it has been part of the Danish culture for centuries, but it was just recently that everyone else decided to follow in the Danish’ footsteps to live a hygge life. But what is this? And how do you do it?
What does hygge mean?
It does not have a translation. It is used to describe a moment or a feeling of something cozy, comfortable, intimate and special. “Hygge is being in a situation where you feel comfortable, relaxed and free,” says Verne Mikkel.
The most classic Hygge image for danish people would be “to sit on the sofa in front of the fireplace, on a snowy night, with a woolen sweater knitted by our grandmother, drinking a cup of coffee, while we read a novel or watch a movie and at our feet the family pet is laying down”.
But the Hygge is much more, it’s an attitude. The attitude of enjoying the little things, contemplating the daily pleasures of life. The hygge can be found anywhere, both alone and with friends, outside or inside the home, doing something ordinary or extraordinary. It may be lighting a candle, a chat with friends, a swim in the sea, listening to your favorite song …
As you see, it is not necessary to change your lifestyle to live hygge, it is about the way you see the things. Actually it is an art that is based on the practice of recognizing a good moment. Be aware of when you feel good, comfortable, relaxed…
Tips to practice hygge
- Make time for yourself. Hygge is not only to recognize these good times, but to create them. Plan your time to find these moments of comfort and well-being, either alone or in company.
- Take care of the environment: pay attention to the lighting, the music … You can burn some incense, or light a candle. Prepare your moment to make it cozy and special for you.
- Hygge in company: Open your house to your friends or family. A dinner, a movie, a conversation or board games… The Holidays are the perfect time for this!
- Take advantage of winter and bad weather! Create moments of small pleasures at home. Stay in bed on Sunday with a book and a coffee, cuddle on the couch alone or in company …
Hygge can be a simple tool to discover a happier life, without having to change much. We love it because by enjoying the little peaceful moments in life we can empower ourselves to be happier and healthier. Focusing on these positive energies can help to relieve stress, making you feel good inside and out!