Hygge House defines hygge as follows, "Hygge (pronounced hue-guh, not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary, as cozy, charming or special."
I live for being comfortable. As a child, I loved cozying up with a good book, wearing comfy clothes, and having a cup of hot chocolate. As an adult, you can find me doing pretty much the same thing; only the hot chocolate has been replaced with coffee topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
If you like the idea of practicing hygge, here are seven easy ways you can practice hygge.
1. Light Candles
I love the vibe that candles add to a room. I probably own over 50 candles. That's how much I love them! Turning off the lights and burning candles is an excellent way to set a peaceful mood in your home.
2. Have a Tasty Snack
Don't deny yourself of your favorite treat. Hygge is all about enjoying the moment. Enjoy your favorite pastry or other snack.
Here are a few recipes to some of my favorite desserts:
- Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
- Salted Caramel Buttery Crumb Bars
3. Turn Off Your Phone
In today's society, we are constantly on our phones. Set your phone to the side and take some time to appreciate the here and now.
4. Put on Comfy Pajamas
Put on your favorite pair of comfy clothing, sit back and just relax. For bonus points, put on a pair of chunky wool socks while you're at it.
5. Read a Book
Reading is one of my favorite ways to practice hygge. Reading is an excellent way to take your mind off the day's stresses.
A few books I recommend are:
- Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
6. Enjoy a Hot Drink
While you have on your comfy pajamas and wool socks, with your candles lit, you may as well make yourself a hot beverage. My hot drink of choice is coffee. Some other tasty hot beverages are hot cocoa, apple cider, and tea.
Here are a few hot beverage recipes you may like:
- Unicorn Hot Chocolate by Cookies and Cups
- Homemade Cranberry Tea by Cleverly Simple
- Hot Chocolate Coffee by I Knead to Eat
- The Best Hot Butterbeer by Moms Have More Fun
7. Go for a Walk in Nature
This is another one of my favorites. Going for a walk outside is a great way to instantly improve your mood, and make you appreciate how beautiful this world is. Living in the Pacific Northwest makes it really easy for me to get out and experience nature.
What are your favorite ways to practice hygge?