OK, So - You all know what "hygge" is, Right? When did this become a thing? I'm always a late adopter of the latest trend so I'm sure all the cool kids have been hygge-ing for a while, but I've just become aware of it recently. In February I read The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Weiking, so I thought I'd share some of the ways I'm trying to make my life more hygge lately.
In case you don't know - Hygge is a Danish term that is usually translated as "cozy." Although after learning more about it I realized that there is another important element which is community and togetherness. Hygge can be reading a book in your favorite chair with a cup of tea and your dog while it's raining outside. Hygge can also be having a casual get-together with friends, especially when there's no pressure to have a spotless house or Pinterest-perfect snacks.
Here is the Hygge Manifesto:
In terms of cozy... Did you see my new "hyggekrog" (aka cozy reading nook) last week? I've also added more blankets, more scarves, and a perhaps not-entirely-healthy love affair with buttered toast to my life.
In terms of community... Jonathan and I have a date night out every other Saturday night, but on the off week I've decided to plan a get-together with friends or family for dinner or game night.
I also really like the focus on simplicity, comfort, and gratitude. In that vein here are some of my favorite random little things that bring joy to life (when I can manage to slow down enough to appreciate them):
- I have a vanilla latte every single morning and yet it never fails to be special and delicious. Breakfast lately looks like this: Latte for me. Oatmeal for Swede and Abel. Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go <--Never gets old! We sit together and I pretend like we have all the time in the world and there's never any rush ever to get on with the day.
- One of my favorite things to do is browse through bookstores. I don't even have to buy any books! Just looking at them makes me happy.
- Happy Hour wine with friends is something I'd like more of in my life...
- Book and Tea Time on the weekend when the kids are taking naps and/or doing quiet time is the best way to recharge my batteries. Bonus points if there are also snugs from Gumball. And a cookie. [Might be making these Chai Snickerdoodles again this weekend!]
- Bath & Body Works (or Dr Teal's) Spearmint Eucalyptus bubble bath/lotion/candle - Basically anything this scent is so calming to me.
- Greeting cards make me happy. My favorites are either Papyrus (so pretty!) or anything that involves a pun.
- When you park at a meter that has some time left.. This happened to me today and was such an unexpected surprise. Maybe I should get in the habit of adding another quarter to the meter when I'm leaving! Pay it forward.
- This one goes without saying but hugs and kisses and giggles and smiles from the kids are all pretty wonderful.
Your turn! Do you "hygge?" What are some of your favorite simple pleasures?