My favorite thing to talk about is self-care and it turns out, the Danes are serious self-care pros.
Denmark is consistently voted as the happiest country to live in, so what is it that they are getting right?
Imagine candlelit store windows, the smell of freshly baked goods and long dinners with friends. People there are practicing hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”), which can be closely translated into English as “coziness.” This word was reportedly first used back in the 18th century, as a derivation of a Norwegian word meaning “well-being”. It is hard to describe, mainly because it’s more about a state of mind and soul and less an actual thing or action.
Unlike Americans, the Danes use winter for kinship, comfort and finding joy in the little things. This nationwide custom in Denmark starts at the home and extends to social life and community as well. Focusing on being pleasant and warm while pushing away anything that may be emotionally and mentally draining. This belief, this mindset, is the perfect strategy to combat winter is worth incorporating into your life NOW!
Most importantly, it is creating a feeling of coziness in your home and as our Fall season will soon begin to turn to Winter, it is the perfect time to bring a bit of hygge into your life! I am inspired by the whole idea and you will find me buying all the things to create my own hygge sanctuary.
I have included 10 easy ways to practice Hygge as a Family
Create a cozy space
Think lots of blankets, pillows, dim lighting (or candles) and even some stuffed animals.
Get the right lighting
Having warmer lights such as candles or a lower watt lamp helps to create a cozy and comforting atmosphere.
Be Present – No Phone
A big goal is to bond with others without distractions. Put down the electronics and be present.
Enjoy some coffee, tea or pastries. Indulge in all the delicious treats.
Host a Gathering
Social interactions are huge for the Danes. Just a simple gathering to enjoy a home cooked meal or maybe even a warm drink and board games.
Slow cooking is the way to go. Foods such as soups, stews, chilis. Put aside your diet and just embrace what you love… those comfort foods!
Get out all the warm and cozy pajamas, wool socks and full suited onesies. This is the perfect time.
Do Crafts Together
The idea of creating bonds while creating with our hands sounds like a perfect hygge afternoon.
I love anything that makes my home smell like Christmas. Use some essential oils to create a home that smells great but also purifies your air.
Make a Reading List
What could sound more cozy and comforting than a warm blanket, soft pajamas, hot cup of tea and a great book. The concept of Hygge has been making its way to us over the last few years and inspired lots of lovely new books to introduce the art of creating intimacy to us all. These books are sure to inspire you to start creating your own happiness.
Hygge – The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg
The Little Book of Hygge – Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life by St. Martin’s Griffin
Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life by Christiana Coop
To find out more about Hygge I really recommend any of these books above. They are very enjoyable to read and contain nice photos. If you need more inspiration check out my Pinterest board with lots more beautiful images and great tips. If you are looking for ways to battle the seasonal blues you can check out my post on How to Avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Hygge Giveaway & Challenge
I wanted to create some fun this year with a Hygge Challenge. I thought this may help us all focus some energy in creating a cozy, simple and enjoyable season. This will look different to all of us but if you follow me on Facebook and Instagram then post a picture of your hygge moments and tag #hyggechallenge I will re-gram all of your posts. To kick off this challenge, I wanted to give away one copy of each of the books above with ideas on creating a happy home. To win you – leave a comment below telling me what hygge lifestyle ideas you are excited to incorporate into this season. Giveaway ends December 31st 2018.