Savor the Moment: “Smell the treat before you eat it. Linger over a good conversation at dinner. Choose enjoyment over accomplishments and possessions.”
Build a Comfortable nest: Blankets, pillows, soft pajamas may help – Make a a “hyggekrog,” a nook, a place where you cuddle up with a blanket, a book and a cup of tea. ~ Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge
Set a soft mood: Candles, soft music (or silence), ambient lighting
Embrace nature: Take a stroll or leisurely bike ride; bring the outdoors in with wood, herbs, flowering plants.
Feed your senses: “Warm your hands around a steaming fragrant mug” of mulled cider, your favorite tea or coffee.
Candle, lamp, and coat
Snuggle me with light and warmth
Kettle steam breathes hope
Note: The accompanying pencil sketches were rendered by artist Cliff Beaman while taking a drawing class in graduate school at Florida State University in 1975. The pastiche of cake and milk was created later.
Hygge, taking pleasure in comfortable, soothing things, fits February when stiff winds blow while the earth continues to rest. I have written about the Danish practice of Hygge before, which is why this post is titled How to Hygge, Part II.
One or more of the pictures above may evoke feelings of comfort and/or nostalgia for you.
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What spells “hygge” for you these days?
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