Imagine it. A cozy room glows yellow with pockets of warm light, a roaring fire burns in the grate, a cup of hot herbal tea sits upon the table awaiting your return. Happy, smiling faces sit looking up from the rug, ready to play a game of chance. Feel it? This is hygge.
Mid-winter, there’s much hype about hygge and for those of us who aren’t much into being trendy (me), all that hype is enough give it a cold shoulder. Resisting that temptation, I decided to look closer at hygge and see what it’s all about and give a few tips a try.
Having read and researched ‘Hygge’ thoroughly now, I really do like the whole idea of bringing nature in and having cozy time at home during the cold, dark months of winter.
We’ve made hot chocolate (here’s my favourite recipe), we’ve played games (SNAP! and Jenga are perfect for my 3&5 year olds), we always have an Ikea candle or few burning inside vases scattered about the house, we’re growing sprouts on the mantle, we get out the watercolours on Sunday mornings, we have a collection of sticks in a vase… Okay, so maybe I’m not a hygge expert yet, but I do think there’s something to spending a bit of slow time together at home to recharge for the good weather months ahead.
What to know more about hygge? Of the books we bought, here are our favourites:
This little Hygge book is written by Meik Wiking at the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark and was a joy to read. It’s filled with lovely ideas and a thorough overview of what hygge’s about—I liked the book so much that I bought a few extra copies to share with favourite people at Christmas. A light read with beautiful drawings and illustrations, it's the sort of book I’d live in if I could, but perhaps not for the most intellectually-inclined.
Of the many hygge books and texts we read, this little book by Louisa Thomsen Brits was our favourite and kept us up for most of one night as we didn’t want to put it down. With all else going on in the world today, it was nice to have a lovely little handbook for how to bring a bit more happiness home. Fancy word pictures and lots of intellectual reasoning and justification? This is the hygge book for you.
After our hygge-reading fest, here are our top 5 tips for bringing hygge home:
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