To combat the long, cold Danish winters, the Danish people seek hygge — the good things in life, shared with good people. In part, hygge is about warmth and coziness, connectedness and candlelight. But it is so much more than that.
Hygge is a philosophy; a way of life that has helped Danes understand the importance of simplicity, time to unwind and slowing down the pace of life.
Sounds blissful, doesn’t it? How can we add a bit of hygge to our busy modern lives?
We can find hygge in the simplest pleasures of life:
- Light a fire – Fill up the firebox with wood logs, turn on the gas logs, fire up the wall mounted ethanol fireplace, or just simply light some candles. The warmth, scent, and glow immediately change the ambiance.
- Layer the lighting – While overhead lights are a necessity for some tasks, using lamps or ambient light softens the space, drawing us in closer.
- Snuggle up – In the winter especially, but year round too, our skin craves soft textures. A crocheted blanket, fleece throw, or down comforter all bring coziness and calm.
- Focus on nature – Add some plants to your space. They bring vibrant green color, which is calming, and they have the added benefit of cleaning the air, making for a healthier home.
- Tell it with treasures – Surrounding ourselves with just a few treasures from our travels, a few sentimental heirlooms, mementos of time with family bring the happy memories to the forefront.
- Clear the clutter – Simple and minimalist spaces are more calming, less chaotic. When the space reads calm and clutter-free, our minds can let go, relax, and recharge.
- Gather for a meal – Spending time gathered around the table with friends and family can soothe the soul. Add a bowl of warm soup or stew, some crusty bread, and a nice glass of wine and you will definitely find some hygge.