Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish term describing the sense of cosiness and warmth.
According to Miek Wiking, author of The Little Book Of Hygge, this national obsession with all things cozy is credited as one of the reasons why Denmark consistently tops the list of the world's happiest countries, despite their infamously miserable winters.
Hygge is more than woolly socks and open fires, it's an atmosphere and a feeling that comes from the simple joys and pleasure of the winter months. You can practice hygge by reading a book tucked up in bed, having a long hot soak in the tub, or preparing a home cooked meal for family and friends.
We've put together five simple ways to bring the happiness of Hygge to your home.
1. Set the mood
Nothing brings a sense cosiness and calm to a room than a lit candle. Adding a candle to your space emanates a feeling of warmth and relaxation
2. Focus on you
Hygge is much more than soft blankets and lounge wear. Hygge is all about taking care of your personal being and the act of being present. Take personal time away from the world and your phone by reading a book or journaling
3. The art of cosy
One of the most well know traits of hygge is ‘cosiness’. Look for soft, natural fabrics like cotton and wool that have a weight to them when you a searching for the ultimate winter blanket. Weighted warm blankets will also aid a deep peaceful rest
4.Take pleasure in the little things
Reward yourself with home baked treats. Hygge is about loving yourself and those around you, so why not treat yourself to a little treat. (these delicious cookie dough balls from the Health Food Project are a great place to start!)
5. Warmth from within
Focus on warmth form the inside out, with the delight that comes from the hot cup of tea. Look for soothing, calming teas such as camomile and passionflower like TGC's beautiful Goodnight Tea blend.
We think everyone could do with a little Hygge in their lives!