Have you seen the word Hygge floating around the internet lately? I saw it again just the other day and thought 'enough is enough', and was determined to find out what all the hype was around hygge.
Hygge (pronounced “heu-gah”) is a Danish word and according to hygge.co is "the art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open hearted and alive. To create well-being, connection and warmth. A feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other. Celebrating the everyday" and it can be found "around a table for a shared meal, beside a fire on a wet night, making coffee together at work, in the bath with a single candle, wrapped in blankets at the end of a day on the beach, sheltering from the rain at a bus stop, lying spoons, baking in a warm kitchen, alone in bed with a hot water bottle and a good book".
Essentially hygge is taking pleasure in the simple things, being present, embracing coziness and making the everyday magical. So how can we all invite a little more hygge into our lives? Here are 5 quick and easy things that will make your home a little more hygge friendly.
Create A Cozy GlowWhether it is the summer, winter, fall or spring, candles always set the mood. I love having a selection of scented candles on hand that fit the different seasons. There's nothing quite like a drizzly gray spring day with my lemon tea candle burning in the kitchen. Or a hot summers eve with the windows flung open and a gentle breeze sweeping in while my Tuscan herb candle glows from the living room. Or a cold blustery winter night with the Christmas tree lit and a balsam candle shimmering on the dining table.
Take A SoakWhat is cozier than a bubble bath? Run some hot water, add some Epsom salts, light a candle or two, and grab your favorite book and take the time to soak. You could even sneak in a cheeky piece of chocolate to enjoy. A little R&R can go a long way!
Use Your Fine China...or anything else you keep for 'special occasions' every day. Every day is a special occasion in and of itself so why keep the 'nice stuff' hidden away? Every now and again I will drink my orange juice out of a wine glass, and as silly as it sounds it is such a great reminder that every day is important.
Practise MindfulnessDid I say 5 easy ways to invite hygge into our lives? Well I may have told a white lie because mindfulness is certainly not easy, at least not at first. Mindfulness is the practise of being present in the moment while acknowledging all of the little things that are happening around you - the feel of the computer keys under your fingers as you type, the sound of water boiling as you cook, the way the cold air feels against your face as you walk outside in the winter. It is the idea of slowing down and focusing on one task at a time, allowing ourselves to fully appreciate the moment we are in.
Less is MoreAnd last but not least, less is more. You know I had to bring minimalism in here at some point. By having less we can discover what matters the most and then surround ourselves with more of that. It also means that we can surround ourselves with the belongings that serve us best which will ultimately lead us to having a greater appreciation and more gratitude for them.
There you have it! 4 easy and one not so easy way to invite more hygge into our lives.
Have you invited hygge in?