Have you heard of hygge? Unless someone in your household is a bit Frozen-obsessed, for most Oregonians the likely answer is “no.” But it is a way of life that has been ubiquitous in Denmark since at least the 1950s.
What is it?
Essentially, it’s a concept that means taking joy in the small comforts of life. But it goes beyond that.
When the Danish talk about hygge, they’re embracing the idea of relaxing. Of indulging themselves. But also of being grateful. And warm and friendly not only to those in your life, but also strangers.
With the state of the world right now, it’s hard to imagine a better time to try to embrace hygge. Because even though there are so many big things you can’t control, it’s possible for life to be full of copious amounts of tiny joys and victories.
How can you and your partner invite hygge into your lives?
“Hygge” Is All About Creature Comforts and Sharing Happiness
Some examples of what may constitute hygge for you and yours include:
- Popcorn and a movie while snuggling up on the couch together.
- Fixing some hot chocolate or hot apple cider.
- Curling up with a good book — or three!
- Sitting in front of a warm, crackling fire.
- Dressing for comfort rather than looks (rock those sweats!)
- Having an impromptu picnic.
- Going for a walk or bike ride together.
- Playing a board or card game, or doing a puzzle.
What kinds of things aren’t hygge?
- Obsessively checking social media.
- Engaging in a shopping spree.
- Watching screens separately.
You can probably already see why adding a bit of hygge to your life can help you get closer to your partner — because it’s all about doing things to make yourself feel not just good, but more connected.
That’s something pretty much all of us could use more of right now.
Want some more ideas on how to welcome hygge into your life? Norene Gonsiewski and Tim Higdon are ready to help — just reach out!