Ever heard of the Danish cosy way of living? Continue reading for a few simple tips for how you can bring some Hygge into your home, and into your life.
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I've had the blessing to be immersed in and experience many different cultures from around the world, and thus have a real appreciation for the nuances and intricacies that surround the way people sleep, eat, decorate, and live around the world. Most of these things are driven by some kind of meaning, be it necessity or mythical.
But it seems that the only thing that people keep talking about lately is the Scandinavian art of living, referred to as Hygge. And more then anything, Hygge is a concept, an archetype, an ideal mindset. As I mentioned, its almost like an art of living, a way of being. And to help you pick up elements from this Hygge life, I am sharing some simple pointers I found in The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well.
/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or
"a Danish and Norwegian word which can be described as a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being."
LOTS OF FLAMES
One of the core principles of Hygge is warmth. Being cosy is one of the central cruxes of this philosophy, and the book instructs that if you don't have the luxury of a fireplace or wood-burning, just stack on the candles. Scented or not, its the art of taking time to burn them, and enjoying the warm glow they transmit into any space.
My wife and I are kind of candle collectors, and really bad at never burning them (because we always want to save them!). But living a more Hygge life means striking the match and burning candles for a few hours a day. Don't you also generally love the feeling of lit candles in the background?
To live a Hygge life is to live uncomplicated, minimal, and clean. The principle of tidiness is often referenced in the Hygge lifestyle, and even the act of tidying up is encouraged.
And in living the general Hygge principle, having good, clean breathable air is almost as integral as having a clean, minimal space. The Rowenta Intense Pure Air purifier is a nearly silent, sleek and minimal home appliance, that quietly checks the air quality, ensuing that the amount of pollution in your home is kept checked, and maintained.
A GOOD BOOK
As meta as it sounds, even me sitting down to read the book on being Danish, was my being a little more Danish. The simple and meditative act of taking time to unplug from technology and sit and read puts one in a more Hygge and cozy mindset.
Throw in a cup of warm tea, a lit candle, and your Rowenta Intense Pure Air whirring away and cleaning all the air around you, and you just got set-up in full Hygge mode.
The true art of being Hygge is in slowly incorporating the clean, cosy, uncluttered and welcoming vibes into every aspect of your life. It's not enough to just do this one time in the month. The philosophy behind this type of living is for it to transform your home, your lifestyle, and in turn, your mind.
That's why I suggest having lots of books around (in neat organized piles), burning candles everyday, and always keeping your Rowenta Air Purifier running.
living more hygge is actually very simple
I am obviously no expert in being Danish, but I truly feel like we can learn something of significance from any culture we encounter. And this book I am reading has really opened my mind to the how simple it is to feel cosy and well-taken care of.
Have you heard about being Hygge? What are your thoughts? Do you like my tips?