How to Live Hygge

When it comes to social equality, accessible healthcare and education, and just about everything, the Scandinavian and Lowlands countries seem to be several steps ahead of us.

So it’s no surprise that when it comes to self-care, they have that sh*t figured out too. Enter the Danish phenomenon known as hygge (and no, I don’t know how to pronounce that). According to The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking: “‘ Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down.’”

Sounds pretty sweet. Need ideas for your next self care night? Consider The Little Book of Hygge’s Emergency Kit. The best part? You probably already have most of this stuff lying around, so you can treat yoself with no regrets.

Candles

Set. The. Mood.

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Chocolate

But like, the bougie kind. Think Lindor or Ghiradelli. Also remember that darker is better.

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Tea

There’s nothing more relaxing than a hot cuppa. And there’s plenty of different types to choose from. Now that we’re in the age of David’s Tea where flavours like Raspberry Mojito and Cotton Candy are a thing, there’s something for everyone.

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Your Favourite Book

Books are the perfect escape from the real world. It’s just like TV, minus the screen!

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Your Favourite Movie or TV Series

Or you know, totally disregard that last bit.

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Jam

I don’t really know why jam, in particular, is advised to be hygge, but why not? Spread some of that sh*t on a scone and enjoy.

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Wool Socks

Gentlemen Prefer Warm Socks!

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Letters

Back in the days of yore before QWERTY existed, people used to handwrite letters to each other. You probably have at least a couple letters (or a birthday card or SOMETHING) stashed away somewhere. It’s time to bust ’em out and feel all the feels.

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A Cozy Sweater

This is pretty intuitive when it comes to the hygge life. Nothing says cozy and safe like being bundled up in a warm sweater.

If there’s one thing Nick Viall taught us, it’s how to weary a cozy turtleneck. Maybe go for a less itchy blend.

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A Notebook

Or a journal, if you will. Wiking recommends journaling your hygge-ish (totally incorrect but I’m learning, step off) moments thus far and your hygge bucket list. Read a Tolstoy book? Okay! Make your own preserves? You got it. Think homey thoughts.

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A Nice Blanket

Fleece, knit, quilt- whatever you have around. Why not throw in some throw pillows too? Get cozy.

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Paper and Pen

Wiking suggests writing a letter to a loved one to express your gratitude and appreciation. Time to make like Noah Calhoun and get to penning!

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Music

of those people who has money to burn, records are best. If you’re like the rest of us, listening from your phone, computer or speakers works too. To fully embrace hygge, you’ll probably want to pass on Cardi B bangers and think more folk-y or alternative, slow beats.

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A Photo Album

No, not the Camera Roll on your phone or the place where your pictures from grade 8 go to die on Facebook. Like actual, printed photos. Remember those? They’re a good way to reminisce and appreciate the people in your life.

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So there you have it- the perfect night in, the Danish way. Who knew being cultured was so easy?

By: Rachel Vandersluis