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The low-down on Hygge living: A growing trend around the world is the art of Danish living, called 'Hygge'. You may have heard it, but do you know what it is?

In our busy modern lives, the constant pressure to keep up with our work, family or study commitments can often leave us feeling overwhelmed. Combine this with the need to stay up to date with the latest news headlines, smart technology, Netflix series or fashion trend, it’s no wonder that some of us are seeking out a simpler existence.

Hygge, pronounced ‘Hoo-gah’, is a Danish concept that refers to the art of choosing a simple, holistic approach to life; and learning that to achieve happiness, less really is more.

Take time to play games with the family

The Hygge hype

  • The Hygge lifestyle hails from Denmark, the second happiest place in the world, according to the World Happiness Report.
  • Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark says "Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience."
  • You’ve probably already experienced Hygge yourself – you know that cosy feeling when you get half an hour to curl up in your favourite chair and read a book or a loved one makes you the perfect cup of tea? That’s Hygge.

Teach me how to Hygee

  • It sounds too good to be true, right? Well it’s not out of reach! With winter on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to Hygge.
  • Hygge is all about finding comfort in every day, appreciating the small things in life and making sure your home is a warm and inviting space.
  • Here are a few ways you can bring Hygge into your home:
    • Add a book nook or reading chair in your house to explore the world of literature
    • Consciously put time aside to not use technology
    • Warm your belly by indulging in homemade goodies, cake, chocolate and a warm drink. You could also cook a hearty meal, bring out the crock pot and make a stew, curry or prepare a roast for the family to enjoy together
    • Consider adding some décor, for warmth, like colourful throw rugs, pillows or soft towels make a room feel snug
    • Add indoor, outdoor and kitchen plants or a herb garden, to promote clean air and a refreshing scent in the home
    • Play games, get moving outside by going for a walk or even start a monopoly match with friends and family
    • Practice self-care and love by taking time to have gratitude every day
    • Invest in candles. Light up the house with cosy fire places or even LED tea candles to warm the soul of the house
  • There are many benefits of Hygge living, starting with sleeping. Sleeping a full 8 hours will not only make you more productive, but it can also decrease your risk of heart disease.
  • Think about getting the family together, having strong and meaningful relationships with family and friends could make you live longer!
  • Putting the tech aside for a while also can improve your interpersonal skills, so engaging with your family and friends IRL is very beneficial.
Put time aside to switch off and read

Even if you choose one or a few Hygge practices, the idea is you take time to give yourself some self-care and enjoy the simple things in life.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily those of State Custodians.

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