You’re probably looking at the word hygge wondering what it means. Or you’re looking at the word knowing full well what it means, but wondering how you can further incorporate it in your life. But first, what is hygge, and can it really help to heal you?
The Danish say it certainly can.
Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga,” is the practice of being cozy. First documented in the 18th century in Denmark, the idea of hygge is to experience life in a relaxed, comfortable way. When a person decides to practice hygge, they are choosing to consciously remove anything overwhelming or annoying from their lives and replace it with gentle, soothing things.
- Candlelight is hygge.
- Sipping on hot tea is hygge.
- Riding a bike through the park on a beautiful fall afternoon is hygge.
- Dinner with loved ones is hygge.
This Danish cultural experience isn’t just about coziness and comfort. It’s also about state of mind. According to the Danish, comfort coupled with state of mind equals happiness, health, and healing. And in
a country that experiences up to 17 hours of grim days during the winter months, hygge is very much needed.
So how can you begin to adopt this cultural phenomenon? Here are a few ways to begin letting go of overwhelm and experience genuine hygge instead:
1) Light some candles and read.
In Denmark, the Danes enjoy kicking their wool stocking feet up while sipping on tea around a variety of lit candles.
The idea is to calm the mind with the soothing sound of silence and the aromatherapy of a candle. When you toss in a bonus cup of tea and a book that makes you smile, you are experiencing hygge in its purest form.
Take the time to do this once or twice a week and feel yourself heal as your stress level goes down and your happiness level goes up.
2) Enjoy a meal with close friends and family.
Pick up the phone and call those that you truly enjoy spending time with. Choose people that make you laugh and have a positive outlook on life.
Sit and chat after dinner over cake and candles. Allow your troubles to sit somewhere else. This is your time and your healing. Enjoy it.
3) Give a hug and take a hug.
The translation of hygge is said to be a distant derivative of the English word “hug.” Choose to spend the evening with a friend or loved one that will take a hug and receive a hug.
Cuddling counts here, too. Bring the candles in as well. Whatever you can do to create a level of comfort and coziness is hygge.
They say that worrying never solved a single problem. And it’s true. When you can make the conscious decision to let go of worry and embrace comfort instead, you’ve brought in hygge. Welcome to a new level of healing.
Joleene Moody is a PositivityGuides writer and Robbins-Madanes interventionist, specializing in offering information that helps readers shift their mindset quickly in order to improve their lives.