As the dark nights draw in it’s time to embrace the cosy Danish concept of Hygge.
Scandinavians consistently top the polls as the happiest people in the world and the concept lifestyle of hygge is widely attributed to this.
Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ the word is associated with well-being and has been developed into a way of living. The concept is adopted all year round but winter is when it really comes alive with warm firesides, hot baths with scented candles, hot drinks and a feeling of cosiness and togetherness.
Appreciating the small joys in life at all times, Hygge is the art of creating intimacy for social occasions or alone to experience frienship, warmth and contentment.
So as the nights draw in here are some tips to Hygge your home this winter.
Candles – Whether scented or unscented a candle creates a warming glow.
Add texture – Create warm and warming interiors with soft textures such as chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws and fluffy woolen rugs.
Remember the simple things – treat yourself to your favourite coffee, hot chocolate, bubble baths and scents.
Update your loungewear – Get comfy after a day at work in your favourite loungewear. Loungewear can be as relaxed or luxurious as you desire and is an essential cpomponent of hygge.
Time with friends – Hygge is best enjoyed with friends. Invite family and friends around and get baking and cooking !
Enjoy new hobbies – Curl up and read a book or enjoy trying a new hobby or outdoor walks.
Don’t rush – Life is busy but slow down and take it all in. Take time to enjoy a warming brew, extra time in the bath or in bed to make sure the daily stresses have melted away. Savour a slice of cake or some home baking.
So whatever you plan to do , take time to enjoy the moments that make you smile.