How the Danish Concept of Hygge Can Help Increase Your Happiness

Becoming happier in a year of devastation and anxiety

Kristi Jacobsen
Nov 21 · 6 min read
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What is hygge?

While there’s no literal translation for the Danish word “hygge” (pronounced hue-guh), the rough translation, or concept, is “coziness.” It’s about creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people (visitdenmark.com).

How to Practice Hygge in Your Life

Tidy up

There’s nothing that produces more anxiety at home than clutter and stuff everywhere, at least for me. I’m not the best at home decor, but I try to make my place — no matter if it’s an apartment or home — mine.

Re-decorate

I didn’t buy into the hygge decor trap online, nor did I buy anything (yet) to re-decorate my living spaces. Instead, I rearranged my living room and bedroom to create a sense of coziness.

Get comfy

Coziness is all about comfort in my book.

Disconnect

Our phones, computers, and other devices keep us connected all hours of the day. As our reliance on technology increases, are we ever fully present?

“engender a feeling of contentment or well-being” (New Yorker).

That’s my objective of practicing hygge — to feel contentment and well-being. And how can I do that if I’m on my device 24/7, watching as notifications come through? It creates more stress and anxiety, which is not the result I want.

Final thoughts

I’m two weeks into practicing hygge, and I already feel a difference in my mind and body. I feel relaxed, and constant stress is slowly disappearing.

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