You’ve seen it on social media and your friends are all reading the books, but what even is Hygge and how can your family embrace it?
So, What is Hygge?
Hygge (pronounced hooga), is a danish way of living, and with SDSN reporting that the Danes are the happiest in the world, it is no surprise that the rest of us are keen to embrace this new way of life. Hygge can mean many things; cosiness, relaxation, feeling connected with loved ones and living in the moment. Many Danes are raised with these core values instilled into them and will not even think about practising ‘hygge’ as it becomes a way of life, however us brits need a little help when it comes to living in the moment and pushing stress to one side in order to fully appreciate time with those we love. Hygge is great, not only to enrich our own lives but our children’s too, as it promotes happiness, togetherness and a warm safe environment for all family members.
How to implement Hygge at Home
With our hectic lifestyles, it can seem impossible to embrace this new lifestyle, but here at My 1st Years HQ we have been trying to embrace it just one evening a week to really make the most of the time with loved ones and appreciate the little things in life.
1. Spend Time Together
This may sound easy but we’re talking about spending real quality time together, without distractions. This means turning off phones, shutting down laptops and switching off tablets in order to fully enjoy and engage with each others company. If you have restless little ones and need a way to entertain them while still spending quality time together why not play a board game or do some crafts together? Our personalised puzzles, stacking bricks and easel are a great way to all have fun as a family.
2. Get Cosy
This is arguably the most popular area of hygge. Create a warm and cosy environment in your home by lighting candles (away from young children), popping on pj’s and cosying up under a blanket together. This will help to create a safe haven for you and your family allowing you to fully relax and enjoy time spent together.
3. Be Positive
Negative attitudes are contagious and if you’re spending your evening spreading negativity your loved ones are bound to feel it too. Whether you’ve had a bad day at work or are unhappy about a world event, try and leave it at the door and spend the evening sharing fun and happy memories with each other. It’s important to feel grateful for this time spent together and not waste it by using negative energy. It’ll help improve your own mood too.