Experiencing the good things in life does not have to be costly and Danes are masters at finding cosiness or what they call as ‘’hygge’’ without skimping on luxury. They know how to find the joy in life, this could be down to hygge, the Danish concept that involves creating a warm and contented atmosphere, as well as being in the moment and enjoying the simple pleasures in life with loved ones.
Here’s how to hygge – the Danish Way.
- Get in the saddle
Take a cue from the Danes and get in the saddle. Copenhagen is truly a bike-city friendly. You’ll actually see more bicycles than cars in the center – by using bicycle, it impels you to slow down and appreciate your surroundings.
- ‘’Get lit’’
No, I am not referring to the infamous phrase millennials use nowadays which is ‘’get lit’’ aka to get intoxicated. I am talking about lighting up the candles. The Danes are very fond of buying candles – they are a key component in creating inviting, warm, and ‘’hyggelit’’ atmosphere. It is perfect for cold, dark nights during winter or in summer as tealights in gardens and patios create a feeling of cosiness, even when the nights are balmy.
- Get the kettle
Danes sure do love to drink a cup of coffee. They equate hot drinks with a feeling of hygge. That is why in Copenhagen you’ll find countless cosy cafes to while away the fritter away the hours with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
- Get soft
Hygge is not just about how things look, but also how they feel. Hygge encompasses a feeling of cosiness and comfort, and you can help it along a tad bit by softening up your surroundings. Choose blankets, throws and cushions in tactile fabrics that you can snuggle under.
- Get back to nature
The more senses you can engage, the more you’ll be in the present moment, and so the more hyggelit an activity will be. Taking a walk and embracing the beauty of nature — with all the sights, sounds and smells that come with it — is ideal, especially if you reward yourself with a hot drink and perhaps even a slice of chocolate cake afterwards.
- Get in the present
Be in the present, not glued to what’s happening on in the internet. Put the electronic devices aside and divert your attention towards your surroundings or people that you are spending your time with.