When it comes to finding the feeling of being happy and comfortable, the Danish have it right. In fact, they even have a word for it: hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”). Hygge is the art of being consciously cozy, and as the autumn chill grows ever present and winter draws closer, take some tips from the Danes to make your home a snug and cheerful oasis.
According to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Hygge is comprised of ten key ingredients in what he coins, “The Hygge Manifesto.”
Dim the lights and light candles throughout the whole year. Keep the lighting soft and relaxing. Hygge atmosphere is all about creating a safe space that includes those tiny indulgences that fill your heart. Leave out a fluffy throw, splurge on those soft couch pillows, light the fireplace and find furniture that invites you to kick back or curl up.
Hygge isn’t staring at a screen—it’s being in the moment, reveling in the chance to truly enjoy oneself, and sinking into a world that celebrates each second as it comes.
Small indulgences are the cornerstone of a cozy lifestyle. Treat yourself to some chocolate, a hot beverage or a glass of wine. Bake that cake and enjoy it.
Share household tasks, but don’t forget to share fun and joy as well!
Appreciate the moment, the people around you and the life you live. Feel thankful for all that you are and all that you have.
Life is not a competition. Allow yourself and others to just be.
In Denmark, casual attire is the uniform of the people. Pair a cozy scarf with your outfit on a windy day. Opt for pants that don’t pinch your waist and shoes that have plenty of room for your toes. Make sure your space (home, office, work environment) has everything you need to be comfortable— a soft chair, good temperature control, small plants and pictures of things or people that make you smile.
Ditch the drama. Leave the sensitive topics alone. Create peace.
Plan a game night with your closest friends every week. Get together for dinners, drinks and storytelling.
Allow your environment and company to let you take cover from everything else.
Hygge is about remembering to enjoy and treat yourself. Take time for the things that warm your soul.