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Bring hygge into your life

Bring hygge into your life

We’re banishing the winter blues by going hygge! What is hygge really? Are candles hygge? Woolly socks? Read on …

Hygge (pronounced ‘hooga’) is as Danish as pork roast and goes a long way towards illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. There’s nothing more hygge than sitting around a table, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are the happiest people in the world?

Winter is the most hygge time of year. It is candles, nubby woollens, shearling (sheepskin) slippers, woven textiles, pastries, firewood, sheepskin rugs, lattés with milk-foam hearts, and a warm fireplace … Sounds pretty good right about now!

Create hygge in your home

Light candles and create soft lighting – Use up those old candles and don’t leave them for decoration only! Take some of those twinkle lights from Christmas and place them around your home. Light a candle while you’re cooking, reading in bed, or taking a bath.

Cosy up – Faux furs, chunky knits, soft wool – we’ll take them all! Snuggle up on the sofa with a favourite blanket, or create a special little space in which you can sprawl out. Fill it with your largest, fluffiest pillows and spend some time cuddling and talking about the day with your partner or kids. Mix up different materials and textures for a soft and cosy feel.

Fill your home with your favourite books – Pull out some of your favourite books and put them on display. Place them on your shelves or stack a few on your coffee or side table. Keep a book or two beside your own bed to wind down in the evening. For an extra hygge factor, make sure you have your fluffy blankets and some candles burning.

Set up a hot beverage station – Tea, coffee, hot chocolate – anything warm and indulgent! Not only does it create a pretty display, but it also makes it much easier for family and friends to grab a mug and relax.

Bring the outside in – Add elements from nature such as leaves, twigs, or greenery to warm up your space, or place some branches in a simple white vase.

Indulge – Cakes, pastries, homemade baking, and chocolate are all part of hygge. It’s about being kind to yourself, taking a little break from the health food, and savouring each bite. How can you argue with that?

Cook together – A hygge tradition is cooking with others. This is the perfect time to spend time with loved ones and cook together, especially children. There’s no better way to spend a cold weekend afternoon!

Make your exercise cosy – Make your exercise more cosy by doing yoga or Pilates indoors in gentle lighting. Running or walking outside in less than great weather can have a hygge upside, because that mug or bowl of something warm when you get home will feel oh so good.

Reach out – While it is always nice to have some time completely to ourselves, staying connected with family and friends is probably the best way to make it through the winter. Enjoy each other’s company without all the distractions of the outside world.

Sources: http://wholeheartedlyhealthy.com, www.amara.com and www.visitdenmark.com.


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