“Hygge was never meant to be translated. It was meant to be felt,” ToveMaren Stakkestad, translator
Perhaps it’s the glorification of busy, but burnout seems to be the norm nowadays.
Many health conscious individuals recognize the repercussions this stress, and have decidedly turned to self-care as a remedy. In this self-care journey, a surprising concept has emerged: hygge. A Danish practice that roughly translates to “coziness,” hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) is gaining widespread popularity for it’s ability to inspire happiness. Staying in on a chilly day, sharing a warm meal with friends, or fitting in some much needed self-care; all of these are ways of practicing hygge.
Hygge has long been an integral aspect of Danish culture. It’s this attitude towards the importance of relaxation that many attribute to Denmark’s standing as the happiest nation on earth. The country’s frigid weather contributes to the importance placed on hygge but its core concept finds a perfect fit anywhere.
“The rest of the world seems to be slowly waking up to what Danes have been wise to for generations – that having a relaxed, cozy time with friends and family, often with coffee, cake or beer, can be good for the soul,” said Helen Russell, author of The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country in an interview with BBC.
Forget your worries and spend the long weekend making your home hygge with these tips:
Candles immediately make your home feel more intimate and relaxing.
Surround Yourself With Loved Ones
Spend quality time with the people in your life that matter. Try making the most of your time by playing a game instead of watching a movie.
Take care of yourself. Read a book, get a massage, or go for a long walk.
Spend the day in your favorite loungewear. Warm socks are an especially important component of hygge.
The long President’s Day weekend is the perfect time to devote to hygge. Sit back, relax, and get comfortable. You deserve it.