- a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
I recently wrote a post sharing my favorite hygge playlist, and I believe music is a great way to create more moments of hygge. However, there are many more ways that you can add more hygge to your life. I want to share five of those ways with you.
I highly recommend reading The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. It’s a far more comprehensive resource written by a Dane who is an expert on hygge. However, I thought I would take some points from this book, and from the other sources where I’ve learned about hygge, and share some simple ways you can experience hygge more often in your home and your life.
I tried to put more thought into this post and to not choose things that are too obvious, such as lighting candles. Although there is often a certain aesthetic to hygge, which definitely includes candles, there are also other things you can do to create more hygge moments. Hygge is about taking a moment, being fully present, and appreciating the simple things and enjoying where you are right now.
Tidy your home
There is nothing cozy about a mess. As a minimalist, I am constantly trying to rid my home of excess stuff. Part of the reason for this is that a living space is just generally more pleasant to be in if it’s neat and orderly. You can’t feel truly comfortable if your home is a pigsty. So make your bed, do the dishes, and hang up those clothes you’ve let pile up on your chair. We often think of decluttering as a way to become more productive, but we should also view it as a way to become more relaxed and enjoy the simple, slow moments.
Technology really isn’t very hygge at all. There are few things less hygge than staring at a screen. It’s extremely difficult to be content in the current moment when you’re constantly being distracted by what other people are doing in other places. Hygge is about being fully present in the moment both mentally and physically. So turn off the TV. Get off your laptop. Stop scrolling through Instagram and put your phone down. Enjoy where you are now. Take in your surroundings. Really take notice of the sights and sounds and smells, the things that we so often tune out in our technology-dominated world.
Curl up with a book
With the rise of technology, fewer and fewer of us take the time to read. It’s hard to have a decent attention span when there are a hundred different distractions attempting to grab your attention. So after you’ve unplugged, it’s great to take the time to actually read. If you’re not in the mood for a novel, you can even flip through an art or photography book, or the kinds of nonfiction books that are easy to digest (like The Little Book of Hygge!). There’s something so therapeutic about touching real paper, and even smelling old books. You just can’t beat holding a real book in your hands.
As hygge is all about slow living, baking is a perfect way to experience more hygge moments. So many of us are so used to buying things prepackaged that we rarely take the time to bake things ourselves. I find it extremely therapeutic to make homemade cookies or banana bread. Not only is it fun to put some good music on and make the food, but it’s also so rewarding to eat something you’ve made yourself (and that isn’t full of questionable ingredients because you know exactly what’s in it). And there’s something lovely about the warm, inviting smell of baked goods floating through your home.
Wear cozy knitted clothing
Obviously, this depends on the time of year and where you live. But if it’s cool enough, throw on a cozy knitted sweater, a chunky cardigan, or some knitted socks. There are few things more hygge than cozy knitted clothing. When it’s hot out, I often like to stay inside my air-conditioned house and pretend it’s cooler by wearing things that are far too autumnal for the current season (I really am not a summer person). Wearing this kind of clothing has the same effect as snuggling up under a cozy blanket. I also love the fact that cozy clothes never really go out of style. When have oversized knitted sweaters not been in?
I hope you have found these tips helpful and inspiring and that you now feel motivated to take some steps to make your home and your life a little more hygge. These things may seem minute, but I believe they can be the difference between having a boring, depressing day and a day that’s fun and relaxing. Doing these simple things can make time spent at home enjoyable and therapeutic.