Relax in a comfy chair, sip your chamomile tea, and dive into our step-by-step guide on how to create hygge in your home this holiday season.
Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh), according to the Oxford Dictionary is, "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." The term hygge originated in old Norwegian and appeared in the Danish language around the end of the 18th century. The Danish people have embraced hygge ever since, so much so that it is part of the Danish national identity. It may be why Denmark is voted one of the happiest places to live (and how Danes thrive during those long, dark, and did we mention, cold winters).
While there is no equivalent word in English, hygge is simply a feeling of inner warmth. It is attained by being present in the moment, by carving a niche of time and space so as to fully experience restorative activities such as lighting a candle, reading a book, wrapping oneself in a warm blanket, or enjoying a cup of coffee with a good friend. The moment can be ordinary or extraordinary, but it is always cozy and special. Now, grab your tea (or coffee) and discover how creating hygge in your home can enhance your well-being during the holidays.
1. Anchor the room with a source of warmth and light, like a fire place or a wood burning stove. This creates a central focal point to gather around. Not to mention, roasting marshmallows with friends is the ultimate winter activity.
2. Establish a sitting area to define the place of gathering. No comfy chair would be complete without a place to rest your feet by the fire.
3. Create a separate retreat nook to read, sketch, or listen to music. Build this nook with a bench, pillows, scented candles, and, of course, a cozy blanket.