Did you know that 2016 was the official “Year of Hygge?”
In 2020, we need hygge life more than ever before. With 75% of adults reporting moderate to high stress levels, there’s no doubt the world needs more ways to unwind, relax, and decompress.
That’s where the hygge lifestyle comes in. But what is hygge living exactly? And how can you create a tranquil hygge home?
In this post, we’ll explain how to hygge and why you’re sure to love the hygge life. Read on to learn more!
What Is Hygge?
Hygge (pronounced “HUE-guh”) is an ancient Danish word with no exact translation in English.
Some concept words closely related to hygge include:
If all of these things remind you of a hug, you’re on the right track. The English word “hug” has the same root from the Old Norse word “hugga.” The idea of hygge is anything that is comforting, consoling, and soothing.
Tips for Creating a Hygge Home
So, how can you create a hygge home with this comforting, peaceful atmosphere? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Make Space for Everything
Nothing is less relaxing than clutter, so your first step is to get organised!
Hygge life is simple and minimalistic, so the more clutter you can clear out, the calmer you’ll feel.
2. Focus on Lighting & Texture
Now that you’ve made space in your home, your next step is to make it warm, cosy, and inviting.
A hygge home features soft, ambient lighting and equally soft textures. Candles are a must, and if you have an indoor fireplace, now is the time to light it. (If you don’t, try watching a virtual fireplace on your computer or television).
Once you’ve got the lighting right, create a cosy nook where you’ll feel safe and warm. Think soft sweaters or sweatpants and layers of pillows and blankets. Bonus points for wearing warm fuzzy socks too!
3. Enjoy Simple Pleasures
One of the many great things about hygge life is it focuses on activities that are low-cost or free. No matter your budget, there’s no reason you can’t create a warm hygge home.
Curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea or cocoa. Invite some friends over for a simple meal or a fun night of board games or storytelling.
At the end of the night, snuggle up with your pet or significant other (or both). This is the perfect way to de-stress and embrace the hygge lifestyle.
As they say, the best things in life are free.
What Is Hygge Living? Now You Know
Hygge living is simple and natural, focusing on the little pleasures of life.
When you create a hygge home, you create a cosy retreat from the outside world. It’s the perfect place for you and your family to leave your worries outside while you rest and rejuvenate together.
Why not take a few of these tips and try the Danish lifestyle for yourself? You may discover that hygge life is the perfect life for you!
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