Hygge fits with minimalism in that it focuses on getting the most out of life. It's about being content with what you have and enjoying life's moments. ~Practigal Blog

Hygge and Minimalism

Brrrr! It’s getting chilly! We haven’t turned the heat on in our Minnesota house yet, so we are counting on the sun to warm us up. Our electric fireplace even stopped working and we only used it once.

This time of year always causes me to want to curl up with a fuzzy blanket and a hot cup of coffee or tea. Have you heard the term “hygge”? The word hygge always pops up this time of year, even though the concept applies year-round.

If you haven’t heard of hygge or you need a refresher, grab a blanket and a hot cup of something to drink, and we’ll learn about hygge together and find simple ways to apply it to our lives.

What is Hygge?

Hygge is a word that comes from arguably the happiest country in the world: Denmark.

This word is so engrained in Denmark’s culture, probably mostly due to the people’s need to survive the long winters that could cause them to be unhappy or even depressed. They know how important it is to find a way to enjoy life during their long, frigid winters.

This is something we in Minnesota can definitely get behind!

Hygge is difficult to explain in that there isn’t a direct translation. It’s a Danish word that represents a state of being cozy, comfortable, or content. It is the word the Danish use for enjoying the simple things in life. It is a word that is hard to explain because it was meant to be felt.

Hygge is a state of well-being.

In case you are brave enough to share this word out loud with another human being, hygge is pronounced somewhere between “hue-gah” and “hoo-gah”. Go ahead and try it. Didn’t want you making a fool out of yourself.

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What Does Hygge Have to Do with Minimalism?

Hygge is a complement to the minimalist lifestyle in that the focus is on getting the most out of life.

It’s about being content with what you have, enjoying life’s moments, and prioritizing what matters. It’s about creating a cozy and welcoming life for your own soul and others.

So, hygge is also about community. It’s about enjoying life WITH good people.

For more information on minimalism, check out this post I wrote on simple living and minimalism.

Simple Ways to Bring Hygge to Your Life

If a little hygge is starting to sound good for your soul, try some of these ways to bring some coziness to your life:

  • Curl up with a blanket and relax.
  • Drink something warm while reading a book.
  • Use throw pillows and blankets to create a welcoming and comfy atmosphere for guests.
  • Choose a home that’s small and cozy instead of large and empty-feeling.
  • Turn off the lights and light some candles or turn on lamps.
  • Sit by the fire.
  • Sit back and play a game with some friends or family.
  • Single task and give attention to your experiences.
  • Bake some cookies or make a pot of soup.
  • Gather with your friends or family for a meal.
  • Soak in the tub with the lights down.
  • Give someone a hug.
  • Cuddle with your kids or significant other.

Forget life’s worries. Be present in the moment. Be warm towards yourself and others. That’s hygge.

What do you think of the concept of hygge? Share with us in the comments!

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Theresa Bedford is a nationally syndicated writer. Her work has been seen on the Associated Press Wire, Blox Digital, and MSN. She writes about productivity, money, and simple living to help people focus on what really matters in life.