Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a new term for me. I came across in a magazine recently and it sort of stuck. Basically, it’s a cultural idea, based on a Danish lifestyle, that focuses on the benefits of being content and embracing the little luxuries in life.
I’ve come up with a list of my 8 hygge favorites aka things that make me happy.
My family is my most treasured group of people. I’m blessed and thankful to have such a big, close, and loving group of mentors, friends, and caregivers. I treasure the time we get to spend together, especially during the Holidays and special events where we can all be together in one place at the same time. We are so fortunate.
Good Cup of Coffee
A hot latte is the simplest and easiest way to embrace my hygge. Mornings are that much better with a hot beverage to warm my soul and get me ready for the day. Folgers got it right when they made the slogan, “The best part of waking up…”
Glass of Wine
At the end of a long day (as soon as I get home and changed into some comfy clothes) I pour myself a glass of wine and sip away all my cares. J/k….about ALL my cares. It doesn’t take away all the stress, but it sure helps diminish them. Therefore, I will continue to enjoy my wine until I no longer endure any stress… which I am guessing will be forever!
If I could only wear one category of clothing for the rest of my life, I would easily choose loungewear. There’s nothing I like more than to feel comfortable in my outfit and what’s more comfortable than a pair of loose, light, and airy clothing? Do yourself a favor and invest in as many lounge clothes as possible.
I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of harsh, overhead lighting. I’d much rather use lamps and candles to create a cozy ambience with a warm, comforting glow. Nothing sets the mood of contentment like the flickering flame. The scent is also a relaxer for me as well. I typically go for calming aromas.
Mementos and Pictures
Being surrounded by photos and memorabilia of my family and past adventures gives me a warm reminder of our happiest moments.
Soaking in a hot bath with an aromatic bath bomb and/or Epsom salt is a great way to clear my mind and allow the stress and tension of the day/week slip away. What’s better? A Hot Bath + Glass of Wine + Candles….. I haven’t had all three of those together in a loooooooong time. I do believe I shall indulge soon!
Whether indoors wrapped up in a cozy blanket or outside under the stars, nothing compares to the warmth and coziness like a fire– The cracking of the wood, the warm glow of the embers, and the smell of burning wood.Everyone has their own idea of their perfect hygge, but no matter the activity, we all have one thing in common, and that is the pursuit of happiness. Find your comfort. Embrace your contentment.