Last summer I was gifted the book The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. Hygge, pronounced hoo-ga, is all about “an atmosphere and an experience,” Wiking explains. “It is about being with people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.” The author explains that hygge is the reason why Danes are the happiest in the world. So what is it? It’s a sense of comfort, togetherness, well-being, and simply becoming a happier person.
I read the book cover to cover (I advise you to do the same) and have really made an effort to create a little hygge everywhere I go. My apartment (before I packed up and moved home with my parents) was a hygge sanctuary. It was always the greatest compliment to me when people came over and commented how home-y my apartment felt and my personal favorite was when my friends referred to it as their safe place. At the surface, hygge for me is about warm and fuzzy blankets, wine, candles, hearty soups and good company. But, we can’t really carry those things with us, so how do we create hyggelig (hygge like) vibes in our day-to-day life?
Surround yourself with products that have meaning. I have two J necklaces in honor of my husband. You’ll find me wearing either of them on any given day. I also have a ring that has his fingerprint on it that is constantly on. Really, I wear it more than my wedding ring. At my desk I keep a frame that has flowers from his funeral. For me, my husband was home, so I keep things around that remind me of him. My girlfriend, who is also as hygge as they come, has different perfumes that she’s worn on different big days that she wears to be reminded of those moments. Her wedding, vacations, milestones, etc. I am not a huge perfume wearer, but I love this idea of triggering happy memories with a specific scent. For you, this might also look like
Seek out people that make you feel the most like yourself. I shared this on Instagram a while ago, but I am very intentional about being around people that are life-giving instead of life-sucking. I’m very sensitive to people’s energies and I believe life is too short to fill your days with certain things or people just because you think it’s what you should do. I try to be a kind, compassionate people to all, but if you make me feel like I need to be something I’m not or make me uncomfortable, you’ll see me distance myself. Maybe you don’t get along with your coworkers, meet a friend for lunch to help break up the day.
Stay cozy. This is easier in the winter than the 100+ degree weather in Texas, but even still, keep a fluffy blanket at your desk or don’t be afraid to slip your shoes off and exchange them for fuzzy socks. I have a tank top and shorts pajama set (perfect for summer) that is velvet texture and so damn cozy.
Keep a gratitude journal. More than anything, hygge is about enjoying life’s simplest pleasures, so make yourself more aware of those little joys by writing them down. You can even keep the journal with you for the small moments throughout the day that are noteworthy.