Simple Ways To Practice Hygge

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Simple Ways To Practice Hygge

     You may have seen the word hygge popping up on blogs and bookstore shelves lately, and wondered what it meant. However, hygge is nothing new; the Danish art of living well has actually been around since the 1800's. Pronounced "hoo-gah", the Norwegian term means "coziness" and "togetherness". To embrace hygge is to indulge in life's simple pleasures and be mindful doing it. It's not just a trend; it's a way of life.

I've been unknowingly practicing hygge for years, fashioning my home into a sanctuary of comfort and relaxation. Now that I've learned about hygge, I feel like I've finally found a lifestyle philosophy I can get behind: just fill up with comfort and contentedness and enjoy.

Interested in trying it out? Here is how you can practice hygge:

Get Cozy.

Blankets, pillows, and cushions are all a must for hygge. The idea is to create an informal atmosphere, so snuggle up and get cozy. Large floor pillows next to the fireplace would make an excellent seating option, for example. And speaking of fire...

Light Some Candles.

Scandinavians buy a lot of candles, particularly in the winter months when hygge is most celebrated. Using candles and even fires to provide a natural light is an important element of Hygge. The flicker of candlelight is much more inviting than artificial light.

Dress Comfortably.

Traditionally, big comfy wool sweaters were the thing to wear on a cold Scandinavian night in, but to practice hygge, any comfortable clothing will do. You want to feel unrestricted and at ease.

Warm Beverages.

Tea, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, coffee... any warm drink you like. I imagine the purpose of this is to get that safe, happy feeling that bubbles up in your tummy any time you drink something nice and warm.

Indulge in food.

Snacking is a great way to connect with the people around you. For this reason, dinner should last a very long time, and be a noisy and joyous occasion. Invite your friends into the kitchen and cook together. This is the best way to share.

Invite Company.

The company is the most important component of hygge. Turn off all electronic distractions, invite a circle of loved ones over and really connect with them. Laughing and sharing stories with them will bring that untranslatable feeling of something safe and known that hygge is all about.

Relax.

In hygge, the aim is to take pleasure in the simplest things. Practice a hobby you love or read a good book. Although togetherness is important, hygge can be found in solidarity. 

Although hygge is often associated with Winter, you can bring these elements with you and find hygge all year round. So, will you take a page from Scandinavian tradition and try hygge yourself?


Simple Ways To Practice Hygge

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