Hygge Tips for a Cozy Winter

Hyg-ge noun, adjective, verb

('hyoo-guh) Danish, from Norwegian. A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.

Oxford English Dictionary


Are you dreading the long, dark days of winter? Practicing hygge can make staying inside this season more enjoyable and may even help you be happier overall. Hygge is a Danish concept that is really more of a lifestyle: It's about noticing the small pleasures in life and taking your time to acknowledge, reflect upon, and enjoy them in a comfortable setting with friends and family. Hygge encourages coziness and simplicity in the home and is intended to help you find happiness every day, through concepts such as these:

candles, fireplaces, blankets, comfort food, friends and family, warm drinks, books and music


The Scandinavian countries usually top any list of happiest countries in the world. Take a page from their book this winter and pull on fluffy socks, wrap up in a blanket, settle into your favorite chair with a cup of cocoa and a book, and there you are: hygge.

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