"Counting Hot Pockets as hygge?", I ask my husband on our first night, where he practiced the Danish way of life. Hygge is one of those new ideas (at least for Americans) that is gaining momentum because it offers a path to happiness – the obsession of our nation. I decided for a test run.
But what exactly is Hygge?
Meik Wiking, author of Hygge's Little Book: Danish Secrets To Happy Living and CEO of The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, tells SELF that Hygge is all about "the art of creating intimacy "To" cosiness of the soul "and even" cocoa by candlelight "was called. In his book, Wiking explains that you know when you feel that you feel that some of the key ingredients are togetherness, relaxation, enjoyment, presence and comfort. "The true essence of Hygge is the pursuit of everyday happiness, and it's basically like a hug, only with no physical touch," he says.
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That's why Hygge's concept has become so popular here in the US. It seems that wherever one looks, one would want to know how best to master the art of hygge, and even if another Scandinavian concept is gaining in popularity – ever from ] lagom ? – it does not seem like our love for Hygge would go anywhere. Therefore, my desire is to try it for myself.
How exactly do you pronounce Hygge?
Hygge is pronounced ] HOO-gah . Hygge can be a noun, a verb and an adjective. You can practice by saying the following: "What a hyggelige (hygge-like) home you have!" Or: "It was so hyggelig for See you! "Also popular:" Saturday night was so hyggelig. "Alternatively, you can be a Hygge Spreder (someone who spreads the Hygge). Wooly socks – a cozy must-have – are hyggesokker, and finally Friday nights can be reserved for families. But no matter how you say it, Hygge is the new figurehead for luck.
Let's get started. How do you practice Hygge?
Full Disclosure: I'm so on self-help books that get happy. Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizational consultant, has taken the world by storm, claiming that we should cleanse our lives of everything that does not bring joy, and thank you for your thanks. But I do not want to thank my socks for their service. And there are a lot of books on practicing minimalism that beg us to cast our possessions for experience. But I do not want to part with my books.
This whole hygge thing is something I can possibly leave behind. It takes little effort, does not ask me to talk to my sportswear, and costs little, if any, money. Wiking says, "A pair of ugly hygge socks made of wool is nothing special, expensive or luxurious – and that is a key feature of Hygge. It's about honoring the simple joys of life and can be achieved on a low budget. "Besides, it's just fun to say."
I asked Wiking to plan the perfect Hygge Day for me, saying that I should make sure I had enough time, no hurry, and focused on simple pleasures (Please cancel my spin class.) "For example, have a good stew simmer for hours while reading a good book and enjoying a nice cup of tea, and keep the old school board games up on computer games," Wiking instructed
His book suggests sticking a hygge manifesto to the refrigerator to remind me to practice Hygge daily, so I clarified my weekend calendar, picked up the manifesto, and armed with Wiking's suggestions, I am This is how it's done.
First, it's important to create the perfect Hygge environment.
According to the book, no Recipe for hygge without a collection of flickering light completely. When Danes are asked what they associate most with hygge, 85 percent say candles. Their homes are filled with glowing flames illuminated in every room, as well as Danish boardrooms and classrooms. For Americans, that would scream, "fire danger," but for Danes, it's a way of life. I miss the candlelight department, so it's the only purchase I've made for this experiment – about 20 white, unperfumed cheaps, and I brutally burned them. Immediately my home felt calm and romantic.
Hygge also calls for a comfortable ceiling . You do not have to ask me twice.
I do not have a reindeer skin like the one recommended on Hyggelife.com but I got an electric heat roll at Christmas. I turned up the heat and toasted myself like a HoneyBaked Ham. This, coupled with a book and an empty to-do list, felt like I had won the lottery.
And nothing but loungewear.
Socks, sweaters, leggings – even a bun should feel the most hyggeligsten. Also recommended is a Hyggebusker: pants that you would never wear in public, but secretly a favorite. Is this a perfect dream? I spent the weekend in leggings, a cuddly sweater, my hyggesokke and a top knot – and I'm not ashamed when I'm in a decades-old sweatpants.
The hygge way of eating is to pamper oneself carefully. 19659025] It is believed that the high consumption of meat, cake and coffee in Denmark is directly related to Hygge. From a culinary point of view, hygge is about recovering from the demands of a healthy life, but taking the time to bake, enjoy and enjoy the process. Wiking says cake is hygelated, even hot chocolate, but carrot sticks and foie gras – not that much. The book recommends a hearty stew or a bowl of popcorn from the same bowl. I threw some meat, potatoes, onions, carrots and fragrant herbs in a slow cooker and let the rustic scent permeate my home. My husband and I ate it by candlelight and after dinner drank hot tea. I did not drink when I did my Hygge experiment, but if I had done it, I would have cooked a load glogg . Oatmeal – also very hygge – replaced my avocado toast for breakfast while awakening my childhood memories to my grandmother, stirring Cream of Wheat and serving me in a special bowl. We made and shared popcorn in an old-fashioned way. Each of these menu items felt like a real treat – like a food hug, if there was such a thing.
Combine all this with relaxing activities = total bliss.
This book recommends that we actually Netflix and Chill . Not in so many words, but cuddling and watching a movie or TV is very hygienic – especially if you're sharing a blanket and a bowl of popcorn. Board games, books and maybe a walk are also hygge. Also pet a cat. Essentially this is my dream recipe for relaxation. Wiking suggests a hyggekrog roughly translated into "a corner". So I created a place in my home to snuggle up with my warming blanket, read a book and drink tea. My husband and I cleared out a season of The Crown and seldom left the house all weekend except a long walk. It was absolutely gorgeous.
The verdict: Hygge is exactly what I needed.
While Hygge not only pays attention to having these elements in your room – after all, the main component of Hygge is that it is you – I feel present and have good time with yourself or your loved ones – the book has many Advice that helped me find that feeling of coziness and satisfaction. All in all, I can say with certainty that Hygge is my jam. My husband and I have labeled it (wrongly) as hoagie (like the sandwich) and use the term constantly. At the moment our world feels a bit unsafe, hygge is a way to practice self-care that feels sincere. This book of childish illustrations gives you permission to quieten down with the people you love most. It's not a sermon, nor does it tell me to throw my belongings in the bin. And the best part is that I do not have to ask my socks if they're fun – I can just put on a couple of ugly wool hygosokkers and know they've created the ultimate happiness.