What is Hygge?
As the nights draw in and get a little darker, a little colder, the more we’ve started to hear the word Hygge used. The Danish word is most broadly used to describe ‘how to be cosy’ but extends to embracing positivity & taking joy out of the little things.
Our favourite definition of Hygge comes from Helen Russell, a British woman who moved to Denmark and authored The Year of Living Danishly. She describes it as “complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming,” with “a focus on togetherness and prioritising the people in your life.” This central element of Danish culture has now transcended into a lifestyle for anyone who wants to embrace it & what better time than Christmas?
How to embrace Hygge
Here are three steps to channelling your inner dane & feeling better for it.
- Enjoy the simplicity of daily activities. Channel positivity from your daily routine by slowing down and being more mindful of how you spend your time. For example, don’t just do dinner in a rush & eat it in front of the TV. Put on your favourite track, make a good meal for your family and friends and sit at a table without your mobile interrupting!
- Have some me-time. Be it taking time out to really enjoy a cup of tea in your favourite mug, savour reading a good book with a lit candle or taking time out on the sofa under a snuggly throw.
- Ensure your surroundings make you smile. This isn’t about having more, rather it’s about enjoying less. Clear out some clutter & make your space a place you can truly relax.