The Danes seem to have life all figured out, don’t they? Despite paying some of the highest taxes and experiencing more rain than Britons, they remain the happiest people on the planet. How do they do it? The answer lies in their cultural concept of “Hygge”.
Pronounced as “Hou-gah,” Hygge has taken the UK by storm. In fact, the word was even shortlisted for “word of the year” in 2016 as its popularity soared. At its core, Hygge is all about togetherness, relaxation, indulgence, presence, and comfort – essentially the pursuit of everyday happiness.
While consumerism may have latched onto the trend, it’s important to note that Hygge isn’t about material possessions, but rather about embracing the small things in life. Here are some simple ways to embrace Hygge on a budget:
How To Embrace Hygge On A Budget
Soft Lighting: The Danes love soft lighting. You can create mood-altering light cheaply with candles or fairy lights.
Go for a Walk: As autumn sets in, wrap up and get outside. Spending time with nature is good for the soul.
Snuggle up & Get Cozy: Whether it’s with your favourite blanket or person, snuggling up is the epitome of Hygge.
Savour a Hot Drink: Tea, coffee, or hot chocolate – whatever your preference, enjoy it in your favourite mug.
Embrace Togetherness: Spend time with your loved ones. Play board games, watch a movie, or just cuddle. Time is precious.
Sit Around A Roaring Fire: There’s nothing quite like a bonfire outside or a fire in a firepit, or if you’re lucky enough to have a wood burner, inside your home.
Treat Yourself: Indulge in your favourite cake or sweet treat. Hygge is all about indulgence, after all.
Be Present: Follow all of the above ideas mindfully. By switching off your phone, you can switch on your senses.
And Relax: Embracing the simple things in life is what Hygge is all about. What’s your simple pleasure?
So, will you embrace Hygge this autumn? Start small and notice the positive impact it has on your overall well-being. Remember, happiness isn’t about material possessions – it’s about the pursuit of everyday moments of joy.
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