As the dark days of winter surround us, we look for ways to keep our spirits up. We're always on the hunt for anything that will encourage our souls, spark our creativity, and result in intentionality! Recently, we found inspiration in "hygge." Let us explain.
Hygge (pronounced "hue-ga") is a Danish concept we first heard about last year that
continues to grow in international popularity. Writer Lyndsey Matthews defines it as "cozy contentment and well-being found by pursuing and enjoying the simple things in life." Author Helen Russell describes it as "taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things." Having Scandinavian roots, this concept resonates deeply with us, and we think it might motivate you as well.
How can you bring a little hygge to everyday living?
Begin by considering and appreciating the little things that bring joy to your life. For us, these simple pleasures involve:
building a fire in the fireplace and reading by it under a blanket
petting our dogs or holding a sleeping baby
sipping tea (preferably a chai latte, if you ask Sue) or coffee with a friend in the afternoon or with our Dad before we begin our work day
inhaling crisp, cold air as we exercise regardless of the weather
baking pumpkin bread or cooking any comfort food (the heat from the oven creates a cozy feeling!)
taking a walk when snow falls
lighting candles to create a cozy atmosphere
playing a board game with family
sharing a glass of wine with friends during a quiet evening of conversation
A quick perusal of online information on the subject revealed that choosing to unplug is a form of hygge. Be mindful to dress in clothes that make you feel cozy. Famed British hiker Alfred Wainright said, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing." LBK cashmere neckwear and mittens are exquisite examples of hygge garments.
We see practicing hygge as another way to keep us in touch with our 2019 goals of being intentional and establishing traditions.
Since part of connecting the "hygge" way includes eating pastries while sipping those warm drinks by the fire, we thought we'd include a recipe for a Swedish cake called Kladdakaka, or Chocolate Sticky Cake. Our editor, Jenn, has made this and says you'll definitely count it one of the simple things you enjoy!