Hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") has been a part of literature and life for the Danish since the 18th century. It can even be traced back to the times of the Vikings, when harsh weather and long, dark nights were commanding foes and a part of life. The root of the word can be traced back to the Norse word Hugr, which came to translate as 'hug'.  Overall, Hygge entails the feeling-state of coziness, contentment, and conviviality. Hygge is about appreciating the simple things in life; whether by yourself, cuddled up with a pet, or celebrated with those you love.
In these long Winter months, a little coziness can go a long way to warm the heart and nourish the soul. Following, are ten principles of Hygge, as mentioned in the book "The Little Book Of Hygge" by Meik Wiking. Any one of these tenets will lift your spirit, but combine them for multiplied happiness.
Create ambience in your space through soft lighting. Things like candlelight, softly glowing salt lamps, and dimmed lighting can direct your mood in a positive direction.
Slow down and be present in the moment. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The greatest gift is a portion of thyself." Ground yourself into your body to truly listen to those around you.
Do what brings you joy. Whether it's reading a book curled up in your favorite chair, taking a bath, or sipping a cup of herbal tea. Try all three in no particular order.
Everyone should feel a sense of belonging. Adopt a 'we' over 'me' mentality. In whatever form of a tribe you have- open your heart and share your love with those around you.
A gratitude practice can help you appreciate the small things. It can be easy to be swept up in our worries. Reminding ourselves of small blessings through journaling or just listing a few in our heads, can help reframe our perspective.
Hygge is about living with peace and humility. We can choose connection over fear and separation.
Find comfort daily through soft clothing and fuzzy furnishings. Cover yourself in your favorite blanket, try aromatherapy, or listen to down-tempo music. Comfort often comes through our senses, bringing ease to our nervous sytems.
This holiday season, save the drama for your mama. Conflict has no place in Hygge. Any time is a good time to let bygones be bygones and release lingering resentments.
Connect with friends and loved ones in intimate settings. Think gathering over comfort food, with boardgames, conversation, and unlimited laughter.
Appreciate your safe haven. Create a 'cozy nook' to get your Hygge on. Any shelter from the storm is a welcome blessing and a gift.
Reflect on- what is your favorite way to get cozy?