Happiness and The Danish Art of Hygge!
Hygge : (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special (Hygge House).
With school, work, and other commitments life gets crazy sometimes and finding time to destress becomes difficult.
I stumbled upon the book The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living and then began to research what hygge is, how to pronounce it, and what it can bring to my life. Here are some simple ways to incorporate hygge into your daily life and create a space for happiness and self love!
1. Surround yourself with things you love
Make sure the space you come home to everyday is filled with things that make you happy and relaxed. For example, I love coming home and turning my essential oil diffuser on or lighting a good smelling candle. When you look around your home, apartment, or room look at each item and think about how it makes you feel and if it brings happiness to you.
2. Make everyday special
Have dessert, wear your favorite outfit, or use your special occasion perfume. Instead of not looking forward to the next ordinarily boring day, create a moment in your day where you feel special.
3. Leave your phone on silent for an hour
Social media is fun, but sometimes a break is much needed! Read a new book or maybe cook a really good meal without using your phone. Detaching from social media can ground you and provide a moment of peace in your busy day.
4. Spend time with loved ones
Make a fun dinner for your family or friends or host a cozy movie night! Only invite people that don’t cause you stress and that you always look forward to see. The people you surround yourself with should uplift and motivate you rather than cause you any stress or negativity.
5. Drink tea and create a cozy space
Brew your favorite warm beverage like a tea or mulled wine! Turn off the lights and light candles or use a dim lamp. Creating a cozy space makes all the difference and is worth the effort.
If you want a monthly challenge, I found a really fun one that has a different hygge theme every month! Let me know your favorite ways of being cozy in the comments section below!