Whenever winter comes around, we come across a certain word: hygge. But what is it? What does it mean? And why might it possibly be the best thing ever for the winter months? Let’s find out.
What Is Hygge?
Pronounced “hoo-gah,” hygge is a word derived from the Norwegian word for “well-being,” but it is a lifestyle concept that really can’t be translated or described by one word. What this concept encompasses is a cozy and comfortable feeling of contentment and well-being. Think about that warm throw, sweatpants, and hot cocoa by the fireplace kind of feeling, or enjoying a book indoors on a rainy day. Chances are you’ve probably enjoyed hygge without even knowing it. And for obvious reasons, hygge is considered a Danish secret to happy living.
History of Hygge
Hygge has been a way of life that’s been part of Danish culture since the early 1800s. It caught on as a lifestyle trend around 2016 when several books about the lifestyle were published in the UK. America jumped on the train in 2017 with hygge being talked about on news sites, blogs, books, and social media. The popularity of hygge is understandable because it is a pursuit of everyday happiness, relaxation, and comfort.
How Do You Practice Hygge?
The best thing about hygge is that it’s easy to do. Who doesn’t want to get cozy and relaxed? Here are a few things you can do to live the hygge life.
- Unplug yourself.
Put down the phone and log off the social media. You want to eliminate as much of the noise of the world as possible.
- Give yourself a break from strict rules.
Whether you call it a cheat day or a lazy day, hygge is all about keeping things simple and enjoyable. It’s okay to live a little and enjoy some treats like cake, ice cream, and chocolates. Also, save the workout routines for another day.
- Set up a hygge environment.
When you think of coziness, you think of your couch, reading nook, front porch, plush blankets, candles, a fireplace, and more. Wherever you are most comfortable can be your hygge environment.
- Enjoy some sweets, comfort food, and hot drinks.
Eating is an essential part to hygge because it helps you feel cozy and content. Enjoy some comfort foods like pastries, pot pie, soups, or stews. Grab a cup of coffee, hot cocoa, or a Shaklee 180® Energizing Tea.
- Just relax.
Do something you enjoy, whether it is watching your favorite TV show, reading a good book, or treating yourself to a facial with YOUTH® Purifying Clay Mask. Also, don’t forget to invite some friends to enjoy hygge with you!
Try Hygge This Season
Winter is always a great time to relax, get cozy, and enjoy the simpler things in life, and that’s what hygge is all about. Set some time aside from all the busyness of the holidays and get your hygge on!