Get Your Hygge On
In Denmark, winters are pitch-black. Rather than dreading the season, Danes celebrate it as a time to enjoy their indoor spaces, using their home as a retreat. This approach is encapsulated in the lifestyle of hygge - a word used to describe the cozy, warm, happy feeling you get inside when living in the moment. Here are five ways to hygge all year round.
Soft blankets, throws, and socks are a must for feeling hygge. Keep a basket filled with throws and socks for you and your guests so they can warm up on those chilly days (or from the cold blast of the air conditioner).
“Hyggebelysning” aka hygge-lighting
Few things are more hygge than a lit candle, so use them all around your home. Arrange candles throughout your living spaces to create warm and inviting lighting. If you have a fire place, enjoy the flickering flames of a real fire.
Gather your tribe
It’s Danish tradition to hang out with a smaller group of people, especially in the winter. Family and close friends prefer to socialize in homes rather than walking through deep snow to restaurants and bars. So, if you want to be hygge, feel free to turn down party invites in favor of more intimate gatherings and feeling homely. During the warmer seasons, grab your tribe and head to the beach to soak in the sun and cool off in the water.
Participate in Activities
Being hygge doesn’t mean hibernating in the house all season long. Put on warm clothes, wool socks and waterproof boots and head for an invigorating hike or snowball fight before returning to your snug warm space. If staying indoors, you can create a hyggelig evening playing board games, baking or dancing to hygge music with the people you love.
Embrace the small things
Hygge is about living in the moment and enjoying life’s simple pleasures – eating sweet treats, wearing fluffy socks, admiring the flame on a candle, hanging with your tribe, reading, knitting, making a pot of tea and appreciating every sip.