Hygge, a Danish word that encompasses a lifestyle of coziness, is a concept that has taken Great Britain and the United States by storm in the past few years. As someone who's favorite season has and always will be autumn, followed closely by winter, I feel as if this lifestyle was made for me.
As we have ventured comfortably into fall, I figured that it was only appropriate to divulge the beauty that is a hygge way of life.
Firstly, it is necessary to understand that hygge is about simplicity. It's about finding joy in the simple pleasures of life. That is something that I can get behind, especially living in a college environment that is all about hustle and competition. Although books, blogs, and stores have tried to capitalize on this new trend, that defeats the whole purpose of hygge. This lifestyle isn't about buying more stuff, but rather utilizing things you have and enjoying the people around you.
Getting physically comfortable is definitely the easiest way to embrace hygge. Throwing on a sweater, some fuzzy socks, a blanket, and all the soft, cozy things you can find is a great way to start.
Soft lighting is also essential for hygge. I recently discovered that Danes burn more beeswax than any other country, which is no surprise considering how important candles are in creating a homely atmosphere. Twinkly lights are also a great way to make any space feel inviting and cozy, no matter the weather outside. Fireplaces, however, may be the epitome of a hygge environment, emitting light, warmth, and the peaceful sound of crackling firewood.
Food and drink also can be upgraded to match a hygge environment. Warm, familiar dishes are a must, paired with a cup of hot cocoa and good company. Intentionality to include others is part of what makes hygge so special. It's not just engaging in cozy activities, but including loved ones as well.
While college brings a plethora of tasks and responsibilities to stress about, the fall semester is the perfect time to engage a hygge mindset, whether that means grabbing a few friends for a cup of coffee on Saturday morning, or wearing your coziest sweater to that mind-numbing 8 am.
It's all about the little things.