Making time for adventures in nature, taking pleasure in the simple things in life, and sharing them with others. These are some of the main approaches to Hygge. In case you haven’t heard, Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish concept which loosely translates to cosiness. More than simple ‘cosiness’, this term encompasses enjoyment of nature, simplicity and healthy hedonism. As Signe Johansen, author of How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life explains, hygge is “The magic of everyday life, choosing hope and a can-do attitude over fear and despair, and making time to be kind both to yourself and others”
Sounds amazing, right? Shouldn’t we all be practicing hygge all the time? Perhaps easier said than done in our world of stress and work and general busy-ness! Johansen shows us the essential elements of incorporating hygge in your life with an informative book of recipes, home decor recommendations, and general ideas.
Here are some pro tips from the book on how to hygge:
•spending time in nature calms you. It allows you to step back and reflect on the very essence of what living is about.
•being active at all ages is essential. Find a sport or activity you enjoy and remember: it’s about feeling great, not looking a certain way.
•keep food simple and focus on naturally nourishing foods that will sustain you. Slow down to eat: savour those moments during the day when you can enjoy a delicious meal.
•Inebriation is decidedly not the end goal, but alcohol is a great ‘attitude adjuster’ when consumed in moderation.
•Being kind isn’t just about the self, and those moments of quiet solitude. It’s also about spending time with others, about being sociable and taking pleasure in simple things together.