Hygge: The Latest Happiness Trend

by Alexandra Weisser in Fun, Lifestyle, Wellness / 25 Comments

Hygge, happiness, happy, cozy, warm

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh according to Hygge House, though others have it lists as hoo-gah) is the Danish word that is used to describe the enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures, being cozy and warm, and comforting moments with friends and loved ones.

I first heard about Hygge on my favorite morning program, The Today Show (sorry to all you GMA fans, I’m a loyal Today Show gal!) and was immediately intrigued with how this word links to a happier lifestyle. Hygge is the equivalent of receiving a big hug and involves relaxation, warmth, togetherness, and enjoying being in a comfortable home.

While I love to travel and explore new places, I also LOVE being at home. Hygge sounds like the perfect way to describe the pure indulgence of being home and enjoying the little things. Are you the type of person who loves to spend your day off at home catching up on treating yourself to some relaxation? (YES!!!) Then you will LOVE learning and practicing Hygge.

Here are some ways you can start your practice of Hygge today! Most of them involve items you already have and love, and you probably already practice a lot of these! I mean, who doesn’t love being warm & cozy appreciating the little things in life? Sign me up!

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Use Candles & Candlelight

I am absolutely addicted to candles (so much so that I realized as I type this that there is a candle in every room of my apartment…including the kitchen and bathroom!) Candlelight provides a soft, warm glow that makes everyone look good and makes you feel happy inside. Make it a scented candle and you also fill the room with a delicious smell.

I LOVE Voluspa Candles. They come in gorgeous containers to match any decor and smell absolutely divine. If you are looking for a treat or a great gift, look no further:

They also come in these adorable mini tins that are perfect for the bathroom or bedroom:

I also love Yankee Candle’s Midsummer’s Night Dream scented candles. The scent is deep and almost masculine and is perfect for your home if you are looking for a less girly scent.

Pile on soft blankets and pillows

Nothing is more comforting than swaddling yourself up like a little baby in a warm fuzzy blanket and falling into a couch/bed filled with soft, fluffy pillows. Curl up with a great book, a cup of tea, and just relax.

You can get some awesome (and inexpensive!) throws and pillows at my favorite retail store, Target!

I am in love with this faux fur throw blanket- I have one for my bedroom

Add style and comfort with this gorgeous throw by Xhilaration

Don’t forget the pillows!

Love the style and look of this accent pillow- not to mention the cozy faux fur

Start a new tradition

A huge part of Hygge is spending quality time with friends and family. This can be over shared meals, drinks, games, or entertainment. A great way to combine all of these things is to start a new tradition- like a board game night!

My boyfriend and I love to play Monopoly- it is a classic but a lot of fun with a group

Recently I also played Clue with some friends- I forgot how fun this could be (especially with some yummy cocktails!)


How do you already practice Hygge, or what will you be trying going forward?



P.S. I would love to hear more from you! Comment below with questions, comments, or what you would like to see in future posts.

25 responses to “Hygge: The Latest Happiness Trend

  1. I make my favorite comfort food dish, shrimp scampi over a bed of capenelli pasta and wrap up in a warm blanket watching reruns of Bones or just listening to my favorite relaxation music. I love bubble baths but my new house only has showers..boo

  2. My hubby and I are total homebodies/introverts, so it’s really funny to see how staying in and chilling at home on the weekends is becoming a trend lol! One of our favorite ways to unwind at home is make homemade pizza on Friday nights and watch Shark Tank – it’s the little things in life!! 🙂

  3. I needed this! I struggle to relax, but absolutely adore curling up under a blanket! I need to just realise this isn’t me being lazy, but me allowing myself to be happy!

    Xx Angela

  4. I know exactly how hygge feels–it’s a Saturday morning after a long week of working hard; sitting on the couch under a pile of blankets, snuggled in with my husband, dog, and two cats; eating muffins with a warm cup of coffee; and binge-watching Netflix for hour after hour because you just don’t want to move! I love that–it’s how all weekends should be, for at least one day 🙂

  5. This is so cool! It’s so great to practice appreciating the little things in life. And I love those Voluspa Candles – never heard of them before, but the patterns are so intricate and gorgeous.

  6. I am an introvert and while I also love traveling, I know that I also need a certain amount of time at home…my sanctuary. It’s so important to give ourselves time to relax and unwind. Love the items you posted above – so pretty!

  7. gladwyne

    I love this……been practicing a version of this for years……Home is a Sanctuary, a Retreat…..far from the Maddening Crowd <3

  8. Always nice to practice some self happiness and even better when it doesn’t cost anything but gathering up some stuff around the house.

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