Danish in origin, hygge roughly translates into coziness. Hygge is much more than just a word – it’s a philosophy, which combines three factors: the space you’re in, the people you’re with and the intention “to create a sanctuary.”
Hygge is about cultivating the habits of balance, moderation, care, and observance. Slowing down and taking it all in. Recognizing what brings us comfort and peace. Tuning into our human spirit and simplifying our lives in a manner that prioritizes friendship, simple pleasures, and connection – above all things.
Tips and Tricks
Hygge is a concept that gets Danes through their long, dark and very cold winters (sound familiar Michiganders?) After all, Denmark is often cited as being the happiest country in the world.
Ways incorporate the benefits of hygge in your home
Organic touches. Organic touches are inherently peaceful because of our connection to the outdoors and to natural elements. So bring the outdoors inside! Nurture a few more plant babies. DIY that wood pallet in your garage. Make the macrame wall hanging that you saw in Michael’s.
Soft and comforting textures. Choose simple, comfortable clothing made from natural fibres. …
A well-organized space. Having a home full of clutter creates more anxiety and stress for the family. Think about the Netflix show Tidying Up that’s taking the nation by storm! Marie Kondo’s method of simplicity is not only making thrift store shopping more exciting, it’s helping us to recognize how little we really need to find contentment and joy.
Soft lighting. Increase coziness and serenity by swapping out those old bulbs for soft lighting (I recommend 40-60Watt bulbs). Add Pink Himalayan salt lamp to your bedroom or office for added health benefits!
Candles. Lighting is a key element of hygge. Create hygge by burning candles more often and during simple, everyday moments. Light a candle in the morning, afternoon, and evening; for occasions big or small; in the company of others or alone. Let hygge glow.
A comforting scent. Adding fragrance to your home is a great way to set intentions. Customize your essential oils to the time of day or mood – start with lemon or tangerine to invigorate and motivate and finish with calming and relaxing lavender.
Laughter and conversation. Surround yourself with those you love, who treat you well and make you laugh! It’s about slowing down and prioritizing what matters to us – our family and friends. Let the dishes sit an extra minute in the sink and breathe in the moment, listen to the sweet angelic laughter of the kids and internalize the harmony and reciprocity of friendships.