25 Ways to Fill Your Life with Hygge

25 Ways to Fill Your Life with Hygge

Ready to embrace the hygge lifestyle? This Danish trend keeps increasing in popularity and with good reason: it’s a great way to add a little comfort and coziness to your life. Here are 25 great tips to bring a little hygge comfort to your home decor, your food and your life.

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I recently went all in on embracing the Danish concept of “hygge” in my life. What is hygge? Well, loosely translated, hygge means “taking pleasure from the simple, cozy things in life and the company of friends.” I think that’s something we’ve all needed lately – I know I have! – so I’ve spent the last few days compiling the best tips on making my life more hygge and coming up with a few of my own. If you want to bring more joy and coziness to your life, then these tips might be helpful to you as well.

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Around the House

1. Surround Yourself Only with Things You Love

Danish homes follow a minimalistic, open style. Edit your environment so you only see items that you love and have meaning when you look around your house.

 

Literally the only clean area in my house right now. I’m hoping we get some good natural light today so I can finally share my kitchen mini-makeover! Meanwhile, I still have 3 pieces of furniture to paint, and this stenciled wall needs some serious fixin’. Suggestions? Anyone?? Ok, Happy Friday!!! ☕ . . . #turquoise #myhousethismonth #howyouhome #myhomevibe #myhomestyle #styleithappy #hygge #myhyggehome #nestandthrive #bohemianinteriors #bohostyle #flashesofdelight #thatsdarling #colourmyhome #thisiswhyihavetothriftshopeveryday #entrywaydecor #realhome #realhousesofinstagram #instahome #mycurrenthomeview #mycovetedhome #jungalowstyle #nordichome #bhghomes #styleithappy #smploves #coffeebreak #simplystyleyourspace #crazyplantlady #plantsmakepeoplehappy

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2. Bring the Outside In

If it’s too cold outside to experience nature, bring a little nature into your home. Indoor plants help clean the air in your home and flowers always provide a decorative bright spot.

3. Add Fairy Lights

Does anything add more magic to a room than twinkling fairy lights? Keep the holiday spirit alive until spring!

 

#winterwarmer #fairylights #weekend #chill #antiquefireplace #candles #winter #cheers

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4. Pimp Out Your Bathroom

The bath is one area where you don’t need to be minimalistic. Surround yourself with everything you need for the ultimate restorative bath.

 

Bathroom Decor

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Hygge Products You Might Like

Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray
Fairy Lights Battery Operated with Remote Control
Cute Ceramic Owl Planters
Hen and Chicks Succulents (3 Pack)
Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray
Fairy Lights Battery Operated with Remote Control
Cute Ceramic Owl Planters
Hen and Chicks Succulents (3 Pack)
Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray
Fairy Lights Battery Operated with Remote Control
Cute Ceramic Owl Planters
Hen and Chicks Succulents (3 Pack)

5. Candles, candles and candles. Then add some candles.

I was a big fan of lighting a candle to make things cozier even before I embraced hygge,  but now I know the joy of lighting multiple candles, dimming the lights and letting the multiple scents drift the house. Heaven!

Hygge Candles

Chesapeake Bay Candle Scented Candle, Balance + Harmony
NEST Fragrances Classic Candle- Bamboo
Homesick Scented Candle, Hawaii
CLCo. by Candle-Lite Company Scented Bourbon Vanilla Single-Wick Jar Candle
SKANDINAVISK Hygge (Cosy Living) Scented Candle
Paddywax Hygge Collection Scented Candle, 5-Ounce, Bergamot + Mahogany
Hygge Collection Soy Scented Jar Candle Pair
Bergamot & Mahogany Urban Rectangular Urban Candle
SKANDINAVISK NORDLYS (Northern Lights) Scented Candle
Wild Lemongrass | Luxury Scented Soy Jar Candle
Chesapeake Bay Candle Scented Candle, Balance + Harmony
NEST Fragrances Classic Candle- Bamboo
Homesick Scented Candle, Hawaii
CLCo. by Candle-Lite Company Scented Bourbon Vanilla Single-Wick Jar Candle
SKANDINAVISK Hygge (Cosy Living) Scented Candle
Paddywax Hygge Collection Scented Candle, 5-Ounce, Bergamot + Mahogany
Hygge Collection Soy Scented Jar Candle Pair
Bergamot & Mahogany Urban Rectangular Urban Candle
SKANDINAVISK NORDLYS (Northern Lights) Scented Candle
Wild Lemongrass | Luxury Scented Soy Jar Candle

Hygge Food

6. Hot Drinks

Hot drinks like tea, mulled wine, or cocoa are always hygge. You can’t gulp them because you’ll burn your tongue so you’re absolutely forced to slow down and savor the moment. To be fully hygge, you shouldn’t just pour a powdered mix into your hot water. Instead, take some time to make some truly gourmet homemade hot chocolate and you’ll never go back to the instant.

7. Baked Goods

Baking requires you to slow down and pay attention or things can go horribly wrong. The Danish enjoy making their own sourdough rye bread, which takes at least two days to make. And what could be cozier than a selection of amazing Bundt cakes? I’ve got to get this Pine Forest Bundt Pan!

8. Homemade Soup

Is there anything cozier than a big batch of soup bubbling on the stove? This Danish Split Pea Soup will fill your house with wonderful smells while it cooks and makes a wonderful simple dinner paired with the sourdough rye bread.

 

Perfect soup eating weather recently. This is one of my favorites to make and serve. #splitpeasoup #addbacon

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Hygge Baking Inspiration

Soup of the Day (Rev Edition): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year
Soup: The Ultimate Book of Soups and Stews
Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality: A Cookbook
The Soup Book: 200 Recipes, Season by Season
Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast: 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebration
Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks
Hot Cocoa Comfort: 50 Recipes for Comforting Cups of Chocolate
ScandiKitchen: Fika and Hygge: Comforting cakes and bakes from Scandinavia with love
Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge
ScandiKitchen Christmas: Recipes and traditions from Scandinavia
Brontë at home: Baking from the ScandiKitchen
ScandiKitchen: The Essence of Hygge
Copenhagen Food: Stories, Tradition and Recipes
The Little Book of Fika: The Uplifting Daily Ritual of the Swedish Coffee Break
Nordic Bakery Cookbook
On Toast: Tartines, Crostini, and Open-Faced Sandwiches
Cook Yourself Happy: The Danish Way
ScandiKitchen Summer: Simply delicious food for lighter, warmer days

Hygge Experiences

9. Potluck dinner with friends

Hygge is all about convivial experiences with friends. But you don’t want to be stressed out with too much work to prepare for entertaining. Instead, invite your friends over for a potluck dinner and enjoy the easy community.

 

Fun post Xmas dinner! Love u all guys #friends #potluckdinner #happiness #goodmemories

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10. Game Night!

Break out some board games and invite the gang over for an evening of friendly competition. Spending time at home with friends is way better than hanging out in some noisy bar.

 11. Hiking in nature

The Swedes have a saying, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Even if the weather isn’t ideal, you can still get out and enjoy nature. Just bundle up appropriately!

 

Running from the cold like ❄️. Stay warm people #onemoreweek #finellisfitnessclass #outdoorhike #silvercreek cred: @jsicacheeong

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12. Ice Skating

Skating on an outdoor rink can’t be beat as a hyggeligt actvitiy but indoor rinks can provide tons of fun as well. Another great activity to share with friends!

13. Sauna Time

I can’t think of anything more Nordic than relaxing in a sauna. I don’t know if you really sweat out toxins, but it sure feels like it and you’ll walk out refreshed and relaxed. No home sauna or access to one through your gym? See if your town has a spa with sauna access and book a massage as well! 

 

Sauna melkein tähtitaivaan alla #sauna #munkoti #myhome #instahome #instakodit #tulikivi

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14. Swim in an Indoor Pool

I can tell you from experience how cozy and satisfying it is to go for a swim in an indoor pool on a rainy afternoon. My kids and I used to pop over to an indoor public pool near our house on Sunday afternoons. The pool was housed in basically a giant greenhouse so you could see the world outside while you swam. On rainy days, you could float around the pool’s tiny lazy river and feel like nothing would ever touch you.

 

Eat | Sleep | Swim | Repeat #improvemood #reducestress #swimtoday @cookphillipaquatic

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15. Listen to Music on a Real Record Player

Some of my happiest times are on Sunday mornings. I’ll cook a big breakfast while my husband puts a record we love on the record player. There’s something warm and immediate about the sound that you can only get from vinyl.

 

Late nights with good friends mean late mornings with good music. ☕️

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16. Spend Time in Front of a Roaring Fire

If you have a fireplace, by all means, use it! An outside fire pit is also very hyggeligt. Just take your candles and your drink and plop yourself in front of it. If you don’t have access to a fireplace, perhaps there is a cozy bar or coffeehouse nearby with a comfy chair just waiting for you. 

17. Curl Up with a Good Book

Perhaps the best hygge experience is to spend the evening snuggled in with a loved one (or alone) and a good book.  

18. Have an Evening in with Netflix, Takeout, and a Loved One

Protip: The loved one is optional, but the takeout is absolutely mandatory.

 

My husbands at a show but somehow I #carrying #fun #austincitylimits #suffering

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19. Leave Work on Time (or Even Early!)

Maybe the Danish are one of the happiest cultures on earth because they don’t admire the seventy hour work week the way Americans do. When their 4:00 p.m. quitting time (I know!) rolls around, they leave to get on with the rest of their day. Why not schedule the activity that’s most important to you on your work calendar as an important appointment and see if the world stops when you leave?

 

When daddy’s at home

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Hygge Essentials

20. A Cozy Throw

I still resent my daughter for taking the fur throw I bought for my self-care kit off to college with her. She says she loves it, though, and I’ve finally replaced it with this one for me. I can speak as an expert when I say that cuddling under a fur throw is the coziest feeling ever. I can’t believe I waited so long to replace my previous throw; it was an essential component for waiting out my regular midnight insomnia and I’ve missed it so much.

 

This is my favorite color among our velvet plush blankets so far 

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Cozy Throws

Super Soft Shaggy Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Faux Fur Reversible Fleece Throw Blanket
LEWONDER Flannel Fleece Throw Blanket
Cozy Solid Knitted Throw Blanket
Sherpa Fleece Blanket Fuzzy Soft Bed Blanket
Super Soft Fuzzy Shaggy Mongolian Lamb Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Super Soft Shaggy Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Faux Fur Reversible Fleece Throw Blanket
LEWONDER Flannel Fleece Throw Blanket
Cozy Solid Knitted Throw Blanket
Sherpa Fleece Blanket Fuzzy Soft Bed Blanket
Super Soft Fuzzy Shaggy Mongolian Lamb Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Super Soft Shaggy Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Faux Fur Reversible Fleece Throw Blanket
LEWONDER Flannel Fleece Throw Blanket
Cozy Solid Knitted Throw Blanket
Sherpa Fleece Blanket Fuzzy Soft Bed Blanket
Super Soft Fuzzy Shaggy Mongolian Lamb Faux Fur Throw Blanket

21. Comfy Socks

Comfortable, stylish socks are essential for the proper Hygge experience. Make sure they are soft as well as beautiful. The opposite of hygge is surely “itchy.”

 

Knitted Nepalese socks… #knittedsocks #woolsocks #hygge #hyggesocks

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Cozy Socks

Pack of 5 Womens Winter Soft Warm Thick Knit Wool Vintage Casual Crew Socks
Muk Luks Women’s 18” Knee High Cable Socks
Century Star Women’s Vintage Winter Soft Wool Style Thick Wool Warm Winter Crew Socks
Muk Luks Women’s Over-The-Knee Nordic-Pattern Microfiber Socks
Womens Colorful Dress Crew Socks
Pack of 5 Womens Winter Soft Warm Thick Knit Wool Vintage Casual Crew Socks
Muk Luks Women’s 18” Knee High Cable Socks
Century Star Women’s Vintage Winter Soft Wool Style Thick Wool Warm Winter Crew Socks
Muk Luks Women’s Over-The-Knee Nordic-Pattern Microfiber Socks
Womens Colorful Dress Crew Socks
Pack of 5 Womens Winter Soft Warm Thick Knit Wool Vintage Casual Crew Socks
Muk Luks Women’s 18” Knee High Cable Socks
Century Star Women’s Vintage Winter Soft Wool Style Thick Wool Warm Winter Crew Socks
Muk Luks Women’s Over-The-Knee Nordic-Pattern Microfiber Socks
Womens Colorful Dress Crew Socks

22. A Great Mug

To embrace hygge properly, you’re going to need to drink a lot of hot drinks. Make sure your mug gives you pleasure.

Hygge Mugs

Corgi Pattern Mug
Cat Mug
Warm and Cozy Mug
Hygge Mug
Corgi Pattern Mug
Cat Mug
Warm and Cozy Mug
Hygge Mug
Corgi Pattern Mug
Cat Mug
Warm and Cozy Mug
Hygge Mug

23. Yoga pants and Leggings

You can’t feel hyggelig in pants with a waistband. I recently purchased these yoga pants from Amazon and I can tell you that they are the literal best. They have pockets! Pockets! Pockets! You can go out without a purse and not make someone else have to carry your phone! Athleta leggings also have pockets, but they’re a little expensive for me. At any rate, you must be comfortable in your pants and able to eat vast quantities of danish pastries without discomfort.

Yoga Pants and Leggings

Winter Snowflake Stretchy Leggings
‘Soft & Sleek’ High Waist Yoga Legging with Ribbed Cuffs
Womens Fleece Lined Leggings
Mesh Yoga Pants with 2 Pockets
High Waist Yoga Pants with Pockets,
Winter Snowflake Stretchy Leggings
‘Soft & Sleek’ High Waist Yoga Legging with Ribbed Cuffs
Womens Fleece Lined Leggings
Mesh Yoga Pants with 2 Pockets
High Waist Yoga Pants with Pockets,
Winter Snowflake Stretchy Leggings
‘Soft & Sleek’ High Waist Yoga Legging with Ribbed Cuffs
Womens Fleece Lined Leggings
Mesh Yoga Pants with 2 Pockets
High Waist Yoga Pants with Pockets,

24. Fur Lined Anything

I don’t care what the item is – jean jacket, coats, leggings, slippers, crocs – it’s better and cozier when it’s lined with fur. Uggs are a classic for a reason and I wear mine starting embarrassingly early in the year and continuing until well past spring.

Fur-Lined Everything

Koolaburra by UGG Women’s koola Short Fashion Boot
Crocs Men’s and Women’s Blitzen III Clog
UGG Women’s Dakota Slipper
Womens Hooded Faux Fur Jacket
Levi’s Women’s Original Sherpa Trucker
Koolaburra by UGG Women’s koola Short Fashion Boot
Crocs Men’s and Women’s Blitzen III Clog
UGG Women’s Dakota Slipper
Womens Hooded Faux Fur Jacket
Levi’s Women’s Original Sherpa Trucker
Koolaburra by UGG Women’s koola Short Fashion Boot
Crocs Men’s and Women’s Blitzen III Clog
UGG Women’s Dakota Slipper
Womens Hooded Faux Fur Jacket
Levi’s Women’s Original Sherpa Trucker

25. Hygge Books

I’ve been soothing myself to sleep each night with a variety of books about the hygge lifestyle. I’ve had a mild cold for the past week and I’m feeling very low-energy so looking at pictures of people indulging in comforting activities has been a fantastic tonic. I’m getting the rest I need while looking at pictures of other people cuddling cats and downing hot tea. Seeing all these folks relax has been giving me permission to do the same.

My favorite so far is How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life, which is filled with pictures of attractive people in attractive settings and includes delicious-looking recipes which I’ll try as soon as I feel up to dirtying the kitchen again. Next up for me is The Little Book of Hygge.  This book isn’t available in the US until January 17 but the Instagram community seems wild for it so I can’t wait.

Hygge Books

Hygge and Lagom DIY Bundle: Scandinavian living tips with Danish Hygge and Swedish Lagom
Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life
The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well
Hygge: The Danish Secrets of Happiness: How to be Happy and Healthy in Your Daily Life
American Cozy: Hygge-Inspired Ways to Create Comfort & Happiness
Hygge: The Practical Guide to Incorporating The Secrets of the Danish art of Happiness That can Bring Unlimited Joy into Daily Life
Hygge: The Danish Art of Comfort, Joy and Happiness
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life
Hygge: The Danish Secrets of Happiness: How to be Happy and Healthy in Your Daily Life.
The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection
The Hygge Life: Embracing the Nordic Art of Coziness Through Recipes, Entertaining, Decorating, Simple Rituals, and Family Traditions
Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness
Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life
How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life
Hygge: Discovering The Danish Art Of Happiness
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
Make Yourself Cozy: A Guide for Practicing Self-Care
The Joy of Hygge: How to Bring Everyday Pleasure and Danish Coziness into Your Life

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3 Comments

  1. January 27, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    I adore this, just reading this “list” is cozy and relaxing. The funny thing is…this is the FIRST time I’ve ever heard of hugged. Now I’m on a mission

  2. Julie W
    October 10, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    Love this post. Love hugge. Was practising hugge before I knew it existed. It really works. We need to slow down life in Britain and remember to enjoy simple pleasures with family and friends xx

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