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Living Hygge | January

little book of hygge

Hygge was really in last year! And, like anyone obsessed with moving to Denmark, I was all over it. I read a whole three books about it last Autumn alone.

Hygge is described as ‘cosiness’, but it’s truly defined by how one feels: safe, warm, love, cosy.

When I read The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way of Living Well, one of the chapters, ‘Hygge All Year Round’, inspired this series. In this chapter, they give idea on how to focus on the concept of hygge and live life Danishly, every month of the year.

Hygge is mostly associated with winter, due to low temperature, low light, candles, blankets, and hot drinks. Because of that, I thought it was interesting to read how to include this idea of slow-living and appreciating the smaller things in life all year long.

For January, the book proposes the idea of movie nights, which I love! It’s perfect to start the year relaxing and staying in cuddling and staying warm in the comfort of your own home. Especially that January is often a cold and dark month that seems to go on forever. May as well make a movie marathon of it!

Tips for living hygge this January:

>> Have a movie marathon with friends, going wild and starting when the sun sets, i.e. in the afternoon.
>> Buy all of the candles in post-Christmas sales.
>> Have a solo movie night, as the book proposes. Pop some kernels, grab your favourite blankets and put on your favourite movie.
>> Host a trivia night with some friends. Everyone brings a snack or part of a meal, and let the games begin.
>> For one of the days left to the January weekends, don’t make plans, sleep in, grab a cuppa, grab your favourite book and see where the day leads.
>> Go for a daily walk, with no electronics.
>> Write a hand-written letter to a friend or family member.

Personally, I’ll try to enjoy slow living a bit more this year, starting this month. This means not blogging and tweeting when I watch movies with my Brit, enjoying just sitting and listening to music, and not bringing electronics into the bedroom.

Will you try to live hygge with me this year?xx

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  • Hygge is my M.O. 😉 I love the perspective of embracing those colder, darker months which easily could be grim and gloomy but with candles, tea, and some nice gatherings or alone time could be quite lovely.
    Looking forward to finally reading this book soon… took my library forever to get it in!

  • Ever since I tried to embrace hygge and slow-living a few years ago, I’ve genuinely found myself to be a bit more relaxed and chilled out! x

  • I’m a Linguistics major, so the word “hygge” is just so exciting and adorable to me! I actually have a book that’s full of all these words from all over the world that can’t really be translated into other languages. Most of them reflect a feeling that can’t really be described in any other language. I love that. I need to get my hands on this book!

  • Zara

    I fell in love with the concept of hygge last year and it’s definitely something I want to keep in mind throughout 2018! Love the idea of hosting a trivia night with friends! xx

  • Ami Schwabenland

    I will! This might be my life already – I much prefer staying in to going out, I usually walk without headphones and never look at my phone while walking (though I have been known to read a cooking magazine while walking home from the butcher), I never run out of candles and burn them all winter long almost every night, trivia is my favorite thing, I have hand-written 13 cards in the last 13 days to a sick friend, and my favorite way to spend any day is wrapped in a blanket with a book. No wonder I’m happy and loving life pretty much all the time. This book has thrown itself into my shopping cart, though if you post often enough about living hygge, I might not need it!

  • Hygge is the very best of concepts! I also loved that book when I read it at the very beginning of last year. There were just so many great ideas in there!! I hope you enjoy a slow start to the year 🙂