Mindful Monday no. 48: Danish Hygge

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Last weekend, I went to visit my friend in Victoria who introduced me to the concept of Danish hygge. Hygge (pronounced “hue-ga“) is a Norwegian word for wellness but it means so much more that that. It’s a lifestyle; it’s an art.

The Danish have been awarded the title of the happiest people in the world, despite their long winters. One of the ways they combat the darkness and cold weather is to practice hygge.

A photo by Fabio Issao. unsplash.com/photos/h9j5OJVhx68

The essence of hygge is creating a warm atmosphere. Candles, warm throws, roaring fireplaces all contribute to a feeling of comfort and coziness. Even more hygge is small gatherings with close friends with intimate conversations, delicious food, in a dimly-lit room.

Hygge is about enjoying yourself in a relaxed way; it’s about cultivating simple pleasures.

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Hygge is not necessarily relegated to interiors; you can also practice hygga by bringing a hot thermos of tea on an autumn stroll with an old friend, or cozying up under blankets by an outdoor fire with the family and sharing stories.

Here are 9 ideas for practicing hygge this fall and winter: 

  1.  Eat by candlelight. Bathe by candlelight. Light candles whenever you have downtime.
  2. Offer your guests throw blankets to curl up on your couch or on seating out-of-doors.
  3. Invite a good friend over for a much-needed feel-good conversation.
  4. Make a fire in your fireplace and watch it like a television screen.
  5. Steep herbal teas on rotation in your teapot during the colder weather.
  6. Invite the family over for a comforting meal and reminisce about old times.
  7. Indulge in cozy socks or slippers.
  8. Put some drops of essential oils like lavender or cinnamon in your diffuser.
  9. Read a book, rather than use your technology.

Do you have any ideas for practicing hygge? Let us know in the comments.

Lindsay

 

 

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