• HYGGE LIVING| 6 Ways To Incorporate The Danish Lifestyle

    Happy new Year!!! This is my first post of 2018 so a lifestyle post is definitely in order. Many of us have made new resolutions and have decided to incorporate certain things into your lifestyles. Well, this post is about HYGGE LIVING, a lifestyle I have come to love and enjoy. This is probably the fourth post that has talked about the concept of hygge living. Also check out my post on SPICING UP YOUR COOKING.

    HYGGE LIVING

    “Hygge (pronounced hue-guh ) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special”- Hygge House

    There is proof, One fact about the Danish people is that they are ranked the happiest country in the world! Hygge is a way of life practiced by the Danish to live an atmosphere of cozziness that brings about happiness. Therefore if they are selling the concept, I am buying! With all the hullabaloo going on in the world right now, about offensive remarks, racism, Brexit and about fear, Hygge living is surely a great detox, an escape into a place of peace, calm and happiness through incorporating the following simple practices into your daily routine

    1. Make it Cosy

    As the name suggests, this involves creating a snug and comforting atmosphere. Think about stretching the Sunday feeling into your daily lifestyle. You can achieve this by cladding yourself in warm, fuzzy and textured fabric. This could be blankets, chunky knitwear, rugs and bedding.

    2. Read a book

    HYGGE LIVING

    Reading is a beautiful thing. Not only does it expand your knowledge, indulges your imagination and works your brain out, it could also be a generally satisfying experience. If you can, create a beautiful reading nook with simple updates as I my DIY POST . This shouldn’t cost money. Alternatively, you can just throw a few blankets and cushions into a corner and light a few candles to create a calming experience. That is all you need to put you into the hygge zone. Forget about the world and just read away into the perfect environment where nothing else matters but a zen experience. Hygge is not called socialising for introverts for no reason. Thumbs up for my fellow home buddies.

    3. Dimmed lighting

    HYGGE MOMENTS

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    If you can create this with a lamp, great! However ideally lighting lots of candles and littering them about your home is preferable. Remember, this could be a fire hazard so do this with great care. Candle lights have a lower beam and therefore creates a exquisite ambience with a beautiful blend of scents.

    4. Sharing Moments

    HYGGE LIVING

    “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed”- Khalil Gibran

    Having an alone time is awesome! However sharing this time with others is an even better experience. Think about it, all the happiness you get from hygge living gets duplicated by the giving and receiving that takes place when you share wonderful moments with others through eating together, going to the movies, and experiencing the beauty of nature together.

    5. Hot Drinks

    HYGGE LIVING

    Source: Good Life Eats

    There is nothing more comforting than cocooning yourself in a chunky blanket and sipping up a cup of warm soothing drink.Whatever your preference ism whether hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows and cream, a latte or a peppermint tea, indulge in this moment while watching a classic fun movie for a heightened feeling.

    6. Elements of the Outdoors

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    Nature has the ability to heal, relax , purify and release tensions. Bring a bit of the outdoors into your home with greenery. The colour green represents life, health and renewal. Make this a permanent feature of your home by keeping plants. By watering these plants, you sustain its life and in turn benefit from the benefits they offer. This mutual reciprocity is wonderful hygge experience. You can also mimic this effect through the use of faux plants as I did in my DIY LUXURY BOUQUET post

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    21 Comments

    1. January 18, 2018 / 10:46 pm

      Great post! I think we could all do with living more hygge, I’m defo going to make a point of it.

      • Marianne Nambu
        Author
        January 18, 2018 / 10:55 pm

        I’m glad to hear that. Thanks for visiting

    2. January 19, 2018 / 12:44 am

      I love the idea of a reading nook! I wish living in the US was as stress free as living in Denmark!

      • Marianne Nambu
        Author
        January 19, 2018 / 9:16 am

        true

    3. January 19, 2018 / 1:39 am

      I have never heard of hygge living, but I like it! I love savoring the every day moments!

    4. January 19, 2018 / 3:49 am

      I need to create a reading nook. I love to read. I try to read at least a book a week so I am reading daily. I need a dedicated spot.

      • Marianne Nambu
        Author
        January 19, 2018 / 9:15 am

        definately! the cosier the better

    5. Sara
      January 19, 2018 / 4:02 am

      I’ve never heard of Hygge Living but I love what it stands for! Cozy, dimmed lighting, family moments; it all makes a lot of sense. Now I just need to find the time to enjoy a good book!

    6. January 19, 2018 / 4:45 am

      I’m amazed after reading this list that I’ve been living this way all along. Who knew I was actually participating in a Danish cultural style. I just knew I liked what I was doing and I can see why it’s catching on. Seriously a great post enjoyed reading it very much.

      • Marianne Nambu
        Author
        January 19, 2018 / 9:14 am

        thanks Jen, great lifestyle

    7. Crystal Marie
      January 19, 2018 / 7:53 pm

      Wow, super interesting. I had no idea Danish people are considered the happiest in the world. I like the part about being cozy.

      • Marianne Nambu
        Author
        January 19, 2018 / 8:16 pm

        thanks for reading

    8. January 19, 2018 / 10:37 pm

      This is so interesting. I’ve seen a few post about Hygge but this truly explains it clearly. Thanks!

    9. Rosemary Acheampong
      January 20, 2018 / 8:46 am

      I need to create a reading place. I like to read but I don’t have reading nook.

      • Marianne Nambu
        Author
        January 20, 2018 / 10:33 am

        you should do, it’s enjoyable

    10. Fiifi Nana Amoeku
      January 20, 2018 / 3:53 pm

      I’m sharing with my family and friends in Denmark, Dear.

      • Marianne Nambu
        Author
        January 20, 2018 / 3:54 pm

        thank you, much appreciated

        • Nicole
          January 24, 2018 / 2:04 am

          I had never heard of it, but am glad I finally feel comfortable enough at home or by the pool or at the clubhouse, to try to find comfort away from today’s craziness, the stress out there is so intense I need to cut myself from every body a little every day to keep my sanity, thank you for the reminder ♥️😘

    11. January 24, 2018 / 6:58 am

      I love these ideas for cozy living, specially during winter!

    12. January 25, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      Last March I got a book on Hygge that I requested for my birthday. I love it and I’ve already tried to incorporate some of that way of life into our home. This year I plan to restyle our whole lounge and main living space as being more natural and cosy. My lighting needs the biggest overhaul.

      Love this post for more ideas.

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