Does your home evoke “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being”?

In other words, is your home a haven from the chaos of the world, a place that nourishes your soul and uplifts your spirit?

If so, your home has hygge!

What is Hygge?

And your first response may be “what the heck is hygge”? (It’s pronounced “Hoo-gah”, by the way. I know – how can something spelled like that be pronounced “Hoo-gah”!?)

“Hygge… is a Scandinavian way of life that celebrates coziness, shared meals, and companionable interactions with loved ones. Emphasizing warmth, kinship, and an appreciation for the little things, hygge is a perspective on life that started in Denmark and has contributed to the nation's consistently high happiness ratings. Now, Americans are turning to hygge as a way to find happiness from within.”    ~ Brinton Parker, (December 10, 2019),11 Ways to embrace the hygge lifestyle this season. PopSugar

Hygge is a great way to embrace self-care that extends to all family members. Think about all the things you love about your home and the things you like to do there that provide that much-needed extra layer of comfort.

How to Get Hygge

While there many ways to create hygge in your home, here are a few ways my home has hygge, supporting and comforting me:

    • Time alone in the comfy leather chair in my office for journaling my thoughts and renewing myself spiritually
    • Sipping on a warm cup of cocoa with mini-marshmallows
    • Decorating my home with items of personal family memories (I’ll show you around sometime and point out all the “old things” that are so special to me!)
    • Watching HGTV – any shows on HGTV (personally, I love Ben and Erin on Home Town, among many others!)
    • Putting on an eye mask and listening to soothing music as I take a short afternoon nap
    • Curling up (OK – I mean metaphorically curling; it has been a long time since my knees allowed me to actually curl up!) with my iPad to play Candy Crush, Soda Crush, Spades and Castle. (I’m ashamed to tell you how high I’ve gotten on Candy Crush. I am working to curb my “addiction”.)uPlaying Sudoku and Kakuro. There is just something satisfying about being able to solve one of these puzzles.

Now, how about you? What makes your house hygge, even if you don’t call it that? How is your house a haven from the outside world. Comment or email me at vicki@herlifehacks.com and let me know one or two things on your hygge list

Want to know more about hygge? Here are links to a couple of resources about hygge.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living is a popular book about hygge. 

Coloring books are very comforting activities on the hygge list of a lot of people. Check out this hygge coloring book: Time To Hygge: A Joy & Happiness Coloring Book

Think about your home and hygge. Is it hygge in its current condition? What could you do to make it more calming and comforting?

 

 

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