Fostering Hygge in Your Home

Daniella Cressman

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Sixteen Miles Out

The Little Book of Hygge by the great Meik Wiking is a marvelous creation. He speaks of incorporating little elements into your home that make it cozier.

In Danish, hygge is a word that correlates to a feeling of warmth and safety. Although there isn’t really any translation that corresponds to the term in English, “coziness” comes the closest.

This guy studies happiness for a living — from a scientific perspective! — and Denmark consistently tops the charts as the most content country on earth, so they must be doing something right when it comes to creating hygge.

1. CANDLES

Lighting a candle creates a lovely scent in your space: It exudes warmth, passion, and inspiration.

I personally love a good candle: I enjoy one with a cinnamon or vanilla scent personally.

You may also like to light some incense: The fragrance of the lotus flower works wonders for my creativity, for instance.

2. SWEETS

The Danes love their sweet treats: It helps them feel cozier during those harsh winters.

Perhaps you want to huddle up with a steaming cup of hot cocoa or your favorite lavender tea along with a sea salt caramel.

Whatever strikes your fancy!

3. COZY SWEATERS

When a storm is brewing outside your window, there are few things that can make you feel as comfortable as a soft, warm sweater.

You may want to purchase a matching hat and scarf, a few extra sweaters in hues you love, or an elegant set of mittens.

There’s something so lovely about sipping on a warm cup of tea while watching the snowflakes swirl through the glass.

4. NOVELS

I don’t know about you, but nothing feels cozier than a leather couch, a great novel, and a steaming cup of tea.

I love going to my local bookstore and purchasing my favorite literary masterpieces in preparation for a wintry day.

5. TEA

I can’t get enough of tea.

Green tea.

Earl Grey.

Tea for sore throats, tea to calm my nerves, Rooibos tea. Jasmine tea. Moroccan mint.

The list goes on and on…and on.

There’s little in this world that’s more soothing to me than a cup of tea.

Maybe it’s coffee for you, or hot cocoa.

Whatever the case may be, a hot beverage can warm you up and help you prepare for the day ahead with joy, gratitude, and even excitement.

6. SPENDING TIME WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Part of the appeal of the Danish culture is that they prioritize family: They work less and spend more time at home.

No matter where you live, you can spend more time with those who are dearest to you in the area, whether they’re members of your biological family or your chosen one.

7. COMFORT FOOD

Nothing soothes the soul quite like a good plate of comfort food: You might be due for some huevos rancheros, nachos, or enchiladas.

Can you tell I enjoy I enjoy Mexican food?

Honestly, I feel like we all have that one dish that carries special memories with it and makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Whatever that is for you, I hope you indulge occasionally, especially if you’ve been working long hours or have had a rough go of it lately.

8. TAKING WARM BATHS

I don’t know about you, but spending my evenings in a bubble bath with the flickering flame of a candle and a hot herbal beverage allows me to relax in a way that no other activity on this earth does.

You might want to try it sometime: It can help you unwind from the stimulation of your day and sleep better.

9. A CRACKLING FIRE

I know that not everyone has access to a fireplace, but the sound of crackling flames fosters an air of warmth, safety, and comfort that little else does.

I loved lying down on the couch and getting lost in the pages of a book as I listened to the sound of the wood burning in our stove when I was living with my parents.

That sound still reminds me of home.

Maybe you want to simply imitate this timbre if you like it: I’m sure there’s an app you can find that does just that — Technology is advancing so rapidly these days that nearly anything is possible, although to be perfectly honest I haven’t actually tried this because there’s nothing that is quite as authentic as the real thing to me.

10. A LOVELY BED

If you’re like me, your sleep is crucial.

That being said, even if you can function on fewer hours of rest and relaxation, you certainly still deserve an amazing mattress, warm blankets, and sheets that speak to the aesthetic you envisioned for your bedroom.

I always say that splurging on a great mattress and extravagant sheets is well worth it: A good mattress will help you sleep better, and softer sheets are always nice.

If you sleep better, you’ll be more productive.

Evening rituals — like doing yoga in bed— might also be a lot more enjoyable if you get yourself a more comfortable bed.

Decorating your sleep sanctuary in a way that is serene might also be more conducive to relaxation.

Personally, I don’t like having anything work-related in my bedroom and am partial to the Feng Shui mindset and aesthetic.

This approach has served me well, but you’ll want to do whatever works best for you.

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. During the winter, I enjoy sipping my lavender tea while I’m reading my books huddled up in my fuzzy blankets. It helps me feel safe and protected from the storm that is brewing outside my window.

There’s something so lovely about feeling warm and cozy when the world outside is cold.

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