The Ultimate Hygge Guide


hygge

Pronunciation /ˈhʊɡə//ˈh(j)uːɡə/ HUE-gah

noun

A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)

There has been a crazy buzz lately over one specific word, it even made The Oxford Dictionaries "words of the year" list for 2016. Maybe you've heard of it. Hygge, pronounced "hoo-guh," is a Danish term and philosophy  (defined above); it has no direct translation in English, although "cozy" comes in close, and can be used as a noun, adjective, or verb. Let me put it more into perspective for you. Winter is the most hygge time of the year. It is warm lattes with milk frothy foam designs, candles, wool socks, a good book, pastries, woven blankets and sweaters, and sometimes a warm fireplace. Imagine sitting in your favorite chair, watching the snowflakes fall outside. You've got a good book in hand, and you're all cozied up in your favorite sweater paired with leggings and wool socks to match. The fireplace (or favorite candle, OR both) is lit, you have a woven or flannel blanket, and on the table next to you sits a mug of hot cocoa. Very warm and welcoming; very hygge. Let me set another scene for you. You've just finished hiking in the snow with some friends, and now everyone is sitting around the fireplace together, sipping on mulled wine or cider. So let's say you have nothing planned for Friday night. You don't feel like going out and you're just low on energy after a long week. Lucky for you, I've created a list in order to create the perfect "hygge evening."

Bubble bath
If you don't enjoy bubble baths, skip to step 2. My favorite way to begin a cozy evening is to take  warm bubble bath with baking soda, Epsom salt, and lavender essential oil + Aura Cacia chamomile bubble bath. A perfect combination to balance out pH levels and bring down the nerves.

Comfy clothes
Next I like to jump into my comfiest clothes - a sweater, leggings, and wool socks.

Put on a pot of coffee or tea
Hot chai tea or coffee with a dash of almond milk are my two favorite beverages to sip on when its frosty outside. Maybe you received some delicious hot chocolate over the holidays, make a cup!

A favorite book
Do you have a book that makes forget the world and disappear in between the pages? Not a magazine, but an actual book. Read slowly and let the story play out.

Favorite films + Netflix
My favorite movies to watch on nights like this are chick flicks (think: The Holiday, Leap Year, The Devil Wears Prada, Bide Wars, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Monster in Law, Just Like Heaven, You Again, I could go on...). Otherwise, I love to binge-watch shows on Netflix- we've all been there. I've seen just about every single episode of Grey's Anatomy, and yet I still love to go back and watch old episodes once in awhile.  

Candles and fireplace
If you're lucky and you have a fireplace, proceed with the fireplace. Otherwise, if you're unlucky like me, make do with candles (which can be just as hygge as a fireplace).

Notebook and pen
There is something so calming and therapeutic about writing. You don't have to get too creative, just write about your day. What were some of the highlights? What are some tasks you want to accomplish tomorrow to get you closer to your goals and dreams? Maybe write about your goals. My favorite thing to do is jot down a list of things that make me happy and things I am looking forward to; I always feel so good and happy afterward.

Reminisce
Flip through old photo albums, carefully observing the details of each photo. What memories do you have attached to those photos? I don't know what is, but looking at old photos always

If you're spending the evening with a family member or friend, find entertainment in a board game or card game together. It's all about a warm, cozy, and welcoming atmosphere where you are complete ease and comfort, so whatever brings that for you, spend your evening doing it. Thanks for reading and I'll see you in my next blog post. Stay cozy! 

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  1. Wonderful article! I have read the book at least 2-3 times until now and i am planing to visit Denmark this summer, to see and to find out with my eyes all this hygge phenomenon! I wrote a post about hygge lately too, you could have a look here: http://www.beautifulismyattire.com/2017/01/14/what-hygge-is-really-all-about/

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    1. That sounds great!! I'll have to check it out x

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