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Hygge: What It Is + 11 Ways to Do It

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Recently I came across the concept of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) -- a Danish word that doesn't have an exact English equivalent, but means something along the lines of enjoying cozy intimacy, celebrating by candlelit surrounded by friends, feeling content in the moment -- and I instantly became obsessed. Hygge is about finding meaning in the ordinary aspects of life. It's about exploring and celebrating daily luxuries, and connecting in a mindful way with the people around you. It's about comfort and kinship and coziness. And it's awesome

Ever since the weather turned a bit colder this autumn, I've been working on creating a very hygge environment (even before I knew about the concept!). Here are some of my favorite ideas for creating more hygge in your life! 

 

TURN DOWN THE LIGHTS

The right lighting is key for peak hygge. To create a cozier vibe, turn down (or off!) the lights, light some candles, and string up some Christmas lights (or fairy lights, as they say in the UK -- a term that instantly makes them feel extra magical!). Adjusting the lighting of any room is a quick (and usually easy!) way to make your home feel more hygge. 

Need ideas? Check out: Crackling candle | Fairy lights | Hygge candle

 

CLOTHE IN COZINESS

Crank up the cozy factor in your life by donning some snuggly attire. (Admittedly, this one probably only works if you live in a cold place, but still!) To feel hygge everywhere you go, swaddle yourself in cozy sweaters, soft scarves, wool socks, or any other kinds of clothes that make you feel cozy. 

Need ideas? Check out: Snowflake socks | Nordic leggings | Cable-knit scarf

 

CURL UP WITH A BOOK

While hygge often has to do with sharing warm moments with loved ones, there's something very hygge about curling up with a good book, especially one that might have a hygge-ish theme (I'm looking at you, cheesy Christmas, chick-lit!). Extra hygge points if you curl up in cozy socks with a candle lit!

Need ideas? Check out: The Ultimate Book Gift Guide | The Little Book of Hygge | Hygge Coloring

 

SEEK SOME SNUGGLES

Hygge doesn't have to involve others, but snuggling sure does up the coziness factor! If you have a loved one you can curl up with on the couch, go for it. If, like me, you're rolling solo, snuggle up with your pet. If no loved ones or pets are available, volunteer at a local animal shelter -- free cuddles and you'll be doing a good deed! 

Need ideas? Check out: Snuggle lamb | Boyfriend pillow | Volunteer match

 

RELAX IN THE BATH

When was the last time you allowed yourself to take a time out and soak in a relaxing, warm bath? Most of us don't make time for this solitude and relaxation, but it can be a very hygge thing to do. Not only does bathing have some great health benefits, it's also a perfect way to warm up on a cold day! 

Need ideas? Check out: Lush bath bombs | Luxury bath pillow | Bath caddy tray

 

HOST A GATHERING

This time of year, there's usually no lack of social events (or obligations, depending on how you feel about socializing!), but most of them aren't intimate affairs. Hygge seems to be all about the small, cozy gatherings of close friends. Instead of throwing a holiday party, consider hosting a small gathering for just a few good friends. 

Need ideas? Check out: Hygge games | Hygge notecards | Winter barn home fragrance

 

BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

Though I'm entirely certain if this is a hygge thing or just a Danish thing, but it seems like a lot of hygge images focus on bringing elements of the outside (branches, fresh bunches of holly, sprigs of spruce, etc.) inside. To add a touch of hygge to your decor, consider adding some natural, wooden elements to your home. 

Need ideas? Check out: Lighted birch tree | Wooden snowflake sign | Fir garland

 

FIND A ROARING FIRE

Nothing says hygge quite like a roaring fire, amiright? If you have a fireplace, kindle that wood and snuggle up by the flames. If, like me, you're not lucky enough to have a fireplace, find a friend who does -- or a restaurant or other place where it's acceptable to sit by the fireplace -- and set up a fireside date!

Need ideas? Check out: Electric fireplace | Fireside DVD | Fireplace gift basket

 

BRING IN THE BLANKETS

Recently I discovered that I own 15 blankets. Fifteen. For one person. A bit excessive? Absolutely. But I love blankets (and I always have -- as a kid I used to carry around my "blankie" and stuffed "doggy" everywhere, which I suppose isn't all that different from me as an adult!). Find a soft blanket (or two) and have it nearby for instant hygge. 

Need ideas? Check out: Reversible throw blanket | Cable-knit blanket | Polar fleece blanket

 

SIP A WARMING DRINK

Hygge isn't just what's around you; it's also what you put into you. Add hygge to almost any meal by choosing a warm drink -- coffee, cocoa, tea -- over what you usually drink. Not only will it warm you up, but a hot drink just feels cozy. (Bonus tip: put it in a giant mug and hold it with both hands for a very hygge look and feel.)

Need ideas? Check out: Tea gift set | Keurig coffee maker | Hot chocolate on a stick

 

PUT DOWN THE PHONE

As much as I love my phone, it's not a very hygge object. Hygge is all about being content and cozy in the moment, and staring at screen definitely takes away from that. Create a bit of hygge every day by putting your electronic devices away for a little bit and focusing on something in the moment -- a book, friends, your pet, etc.

Need ideas? Check out: The Year of Cozy | Hygge Journal | Hygge Phone Case

 

Just writing about these hygge tips put me in a cozy mood (in fact, halfway through, I paused to read my book in a candle-lit bath!), and I hope they inspire you to create an intimate, connected, warm, and comforting environment. This time of year can really increase stress (even if it is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year!) so it's important to take time to focus on making the most of your moments and finding coziness and relaxation where you can. Happy hyggeing! 

  

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This is such an awesome post!! Thank you for sharing.

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I absolutely love this post! All of the things you mentioned above are some of my favourite things to do this time of year! I shall be practicing these all this winter season :). Thanks for all the tips! xx

Annie - Thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed this one! :)

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