If you spend any time online you may have come across the Danish concept of living Hygge. Today we want to explore this idea and give you some ideas of how to incorporate it into your life. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. So, how do you add more hygge to your life? Here are some simple suggestions that would be easy additions to any home.

Lighting

Use candles and lamps to create warm and comforting lighting throughout your home. When Danish people are asked about what makes up Hygge in the home lighting is top of the list. Through the use of candles and lamps you can create a cozy feeling space that invites you to curl up and relax.

Create Coziness

Another way to inject hygge into your home is to create coziness through your furniture, throw blankets and pillow. You want your space to feel like it is begging for you to grab a book, a cup of tea and snuggle up under a soft blanket.

Get Together With Friends

Not only is hygge about being cozy in your home, it is about spending time with those we love. You don’t have to throw huge parties or over the top gatherings. Instead create intimate social gatherings in your home. Invite a friend over to catch up and have a glass of wine by a roaring fire. Create a monthly dinner club where everyone brings a dish. The goal is to have time with your friends not spend a fortune.

Get off Your Devices

This goes hand in hand with getting together with friends. Get off those devices! I cannot tell you how many times I am in a restaurant and see a group of friends who are all looking at their phones. Be present with the people who are spending time with you. Nothing on your phone is as important as the people in front of you.

Remember that living hygge is about living simply. It is not about being extravagant but in taking pleasure in the things in life that really bring you happiness. Look at your home and think about using it for living instead of a place to store a bunch of stuff you do not love. Look at your home and your life and see where you can create some hygge in your life.

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