October 13, 2017
The Danish term has seen a spark of popularity in the United States in the past few years, and for good reason. A quick search on Pinterest for the word and you’re rewarded with images of people wrapped up in thick blankets, pillows strewn next to a fireplace, and candlelit gatherings. So what exactly is hygge and how can you incorporate it into your home and life?
Defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being” by the Oxford Dictionary, hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”), lacks a direct English translation. The term is most closely related to coziness and can be achieved through as simple an act as curling up with a book under a thick blanket with a cup of coffee in the morning. Or, hygge can mean gathering friends and eating tapas. Here, we’ve compiled a list of five easy ways to bring hygge into your home (and to the Outer Banks!).
Take the time to cook
Part of hygge is slowing down and putting time into tasks. Appreciate cooking and how enjoyable it can be, especially if it’s something that you may normally rush through. Take the time to enjoy cooking (or baking, if that’s more your speed) and make your favorite recipe. Inviting friends and family over for a potluck will make this activity even cozier.
Build a fire
Whether you decide to light a few candles, build a fire in the fireplace, or dig a fire pit on the beach (with a town permit), incorporating the soft light and warmth of a fire is the perfect way to enjoy hygge. Grab some s’mores ingredients and a chunky blanket to get the most out of your fireside hygge.
Call your friends
Hygge is best spent surrounded by people you love. Leave the drama at the door and just appreciate the laughter and presence of your loved ones. Play games, tell stories, eat cake, and enjoy the togetherness of the moment.
If you’ve decided to have a quiet and introverted hygge experience, use this time to let your creative juices flow. Journal or blog, paint, knit, exercise your green thumb, or work on a project. Whatever your creative preference, the coziness and contentment of hygge make it the ideal time to tap into your creative side.
Put your phone down
In order to get the most out of your hygge experience, put your phone down and be present in the moment. Enjoy your friends’ or your own company and be content with the memories you are creating in the moment. Keep electronics use to a minimum and instead, interact with the people in your presence.
The great thing about hygge is that you can create it anywhere. Whether you’re at home or in an Outer Banks vacation rental, you can create moments of coziness and contentment. As the holidays approach, practicing hygge with friends and family is even easier. Why not try it this Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks?