Have you noticed—there’s a new warming trend taking over. It’s called “hygge” (HOO-gah), and it’s a Danish phenomenon making its way to America. The word’s literal translation is “fun,” but the movement is really about comfort, warmth, and coziness in all its forms. It’s more than simply grabbing a book, lighting a fire, and donning some fuzzy socks. It’s about focusing on the things that really matter: the people who make life wonderful every day. The Little Book of Hygge, written by Meik Wiking, says there are 10 ways to practice the trend:
To start feeling the deep relaxation of the practice, try a “hygge weekend.” Close the blinds, put on your favorite pajamas and curl up with a cozy blanket. Let your Crock Pot warm a hearty stew. Leave your phone in another room and settle in for some peaceful reading or indulgent Netflix marathoning, pets at your side.
If you must leave the house, you can still stay dedicated to tuning out the stress. Trade constricting wardrobe pieces for new, hygge-esque essentials. Make even errands feel like a holiday—that warm, whole feeling when friends and family are around, surrounded by good food and even better memories.
Hygge is different for everyone, and that’s another reason it’s so special. The hygge trend can be incorporated into our everyday lives in many ways. Think a hygge date night, or even a cozy, connection-foced staycation over a long weekend. After all, the Denmark is known as one of the happiest places to live. Indulge, relax, enjoy. Happy hygge-ing!