This is definitely the winter to learn more about hygge. The first thing to know is that it is Danish and is pronounced “hue-guh”. It is about getting cozy and embracing simple moments and feelings. It is about the things that make us feel grateful and happy.
For those of us who feel like we are living in the arctic this winter, it makes perfect sense. Hygge is hard to explain but when you feel it you will know you are living the hygge life.
Create a Space for Hygge to Happen
I think my cat embraces this best. He picks the perfect spot, the one with a bit of sun that has the soft throw for him to curl up and just be. This space is where your brain and body are triggered to slow down and relax a bit and have a moment of calm amidst your busy day.
The author of Hygge House sums it up well on her blog Living Hygee, as leisurely charm. It is a space that signals it is time to gear down, sip on a cup of tea, read a book, have a chat with a friend or maybe even nap.
Yes, you have to show up and be present to have the hygge state of mind. You have to be willing to unplug and just enjoy some of the simpler things in life. If you show up and be present and create the intention, hygge can happen pretty easily.
This winter we are opening our home up to friends once a month to drop in and enjoy something warm to eat and a board game or two. We’re hoping to create a space for friends to feel welcome and loved. We’ll see what happens but at the very least we will have an evening at home with good food and a few laughs so what could be better than that?!
Now this is a bit tricky because the bread proofing basket and jars for your sour dough starter are things that help you create the feeling of hygge. The feeling you get from creating the perfect sour dough loaf is what we are talking about.
To create the feelings you want you may wish to surround yourself with a few things. Yes, you may buy a beautiful tea mug or a candle but they are just props to set the stage. Choose a few things that make you feel happy, cozy, and warm in your heart and your body too.
We’ll leave you with a How To map to get you started. Check out our Pinterest board for a few more ideas. Enjoy the journey and you will be living the hygge life soon!