Hygge [hoo-gah] doesn’t translate directly from Danish, but in essence it means creating a cosy, warm atmosphere where you can hunker down with your favourite people and enjoy the good things in life. It’s all about contentment, connection, and appreciation – something that goes hand in hand with Christmas time! Danes do it all year round and they’re consistently ranked some of the happiest people in the world. Here’s five ways to get your hygge on this Christmas:
Natural textures like wood and ceramic really bring the hygge vibe, as do candles, lamps, soft blankets, and cosy corners to snuggle into, especially in the colder months.
Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year because it brings all of the best things in life into one place – friends, family, good food, and fun. There’s a big correlation between social relationships and overall happiness, so make sure to put your phone away and focus on what’s really important!
You need to treat yourself too, so leave worrying about that bikini bod until Spring and get started on the mulled wine and mince pies! Just leave one or two for everyone else though, ok?
In the UK we tend to hibernate when the cold hits – resist the urge! If you really can’t face the fresh air, make sure you’ve got some little plants dotted around and bring the outside to you.
The little things really do bring you the most happiness! It’s easy to get caught up in the bigger picture and forget about what really brings you joy. Surround yourself with your favourite things and have a list of things to do for the cold, bleak winter days. For me, this means getting a warm drink, my dressing gown, a good book, and putting my most chill music on in the background… it doesn’t get more hyggeligt than that.