No, that is not an error in spelling of the word Hygge in my blog post title. Though I have found different versions on line of the definitive way to pronounce it. One resource says “HOO-gah” while another says “HEU-gah” and yet another says “HUE-gah.”
Well, no matter how you say it, I’ve been doing it a long, long time. I’ve been attracted to it way before I knew about this term. In fact, the older I get, the more I crave it and need to have much in my life as possible because it helps ground me and keep me in balance.
It’s a feeling, really, like no other.
And until recently, while I knew the name for it here in the states, I didn’t know the Danish had a name for it, which they call Hygge.
What is Hygge, you may ask? Well, once you know, I know you will want to do it too!
According to the book I read while on vacation, The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg, the Danish concept of coziness is…
the art of creating warmth, comfort, and wellbeing through connection, treasuring the moment, and surrounding yourself with things you love.
I’ll bet you want to join in and Hygge with me now, now don’t you?
I LOVE TO HYGGE!
Some of my favorite ways to Hygge:
- Snuggle up to the woodstove with a good book and cup of tea or glass of wine (and not to be left out, a wiener dog curled beside me)
- Decorate my home with vintage, nostalgic, upcycled furniture and treasures.
- Nap in the winter with the sun streaming on my face (which I just did today!)
- Create altars in my writing cottage from items in nature, animal totems and oracle/SoulCollage(r) cards
- Listen to music that stirs my emotions.
- My favorite person to Hygge with is my hubby John, whether we are nestled in our small living room around the woodstove catching up on the day’s events, sitting around the chiminea on our deck, or out at a restaurant on date night.
- Watch my dogs, Kylie and Gidget play outside.
- In spring, summer and fall, my newest favorite Hygge since getting new landscaping, is walking around the house checking out my flowers and shrubs.
- A soak in the tub and then slipping into my flannel pajama’s.
- Spending time at my Sistah V’s home — her house oozes Hygge!
- Slowly peruse Cottage Journal magazine.
- Mindfully walk through piles of fall leaves.
- Sit in silence and gaze out the window.
- Light candles
I could go on and on, really. So many Hygge things to relish in.
And this time of year…so perfect to Hygge…winters gift of slowing down, getting cozy, and going inward.
Do you have a favorite way to Hygge?
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