Throughout our posts on hygge, we have sought to introduce you to this particular way of life. We have shown that there are more aspects to it than just making sure your home is a peaceful place to live. Instead, your friends, the experiences you have, and where you work can all be influenced by this way of thinking.
You have to admit that there has to be something special about the entire concept if the Danes are continually the happiest people in the world. They even attribute their happiness to hygge, so surely we should listen to the people at the top of the happiness tree while the rest of us are contemplating how to move higher up the branches.
So, what do you do?
The best approach is undoubtedly to try to bring the various aspects of hygge together into one solid, peaceful union. Each part of your life should work in tandem, and you need to be in the moment so that you are indeed fulfilled.
We started by looking at mindfulness, and a recurring theme throughout these posts has been looking closely at yourself to find the answers that you seek. There is a need to have a strong understanding of what you want or like in life, and then know how to get it. However, never believe for one moment that this is materialistic, as that is not the case. Instead, hygge is the antithesis of materialism, so if you desire to own a collection of thirty Chanel bags, then hygge may not be for you.
De-cluttering and stripping things back to basic levels can free both your mind and soul. It’s no surprise that some people view hygge as a cleansing ritual as the mind and body can both be affected by clutter in different ways.
The entire idea here is to create a calm and peaceful life that appears to be at odds with how modern life is portrayed. The rush for more wealth and things to satisfy something inside of us, or at times to be used as bragging rights for others, is not at all in line with hygge. The Danes are not known for acting like this, and it is probably not a surprise that they are so happy.
Look at your home, your life, your soul, friends, relationships, experiences, and your working life to ultimately get a clear picture of who you are as a person. That is the groundwork that is required for an attempt to incorporate hygge into your life to be successful. Make a plan. Know the areas where you are lacking and seek out ways to counteract this and potentially make them your strong point.
Hygge can be fun, but you need to have a firm understanding of what you are doing. So, to round things off in this article, we will look at the key points that stand out for us over and above every other aspect of hygge as a whole.
- Focus on the art of mindfulness.
- You need to be in the moment and understand what something or someone does for you.
- Start by looking at your self before moving outwards.
- Turn your home into the relaxing space that you have always wanted.
- Bring comfort and coziness to your home.
- Begin at the front door so you get that comfortable feeling as soon as you enter.
- Don’t forget the outside, either, so your home looks pleasant and welcoming.
- De-clutter, and do it immediately.
- Fix broken things.
- Remember that everything must serve a purpose.
- Each object must also have its place without getting in the way.
- You must allow both space and light to enter every room.
- Use soft light rather than full light, as it provides a better atmosphere.
- Your friends are not going to be immune from being cleared out.
- Look at experiences that nurture you.
- Don’t forget your workplace, and make it as comfortable as you can.
There are many other things that we have covered in our posts, but the points above give you an indication of what to expect when you set out to apply the concepts of hygge in your daily life. Of course, it is up to you to make of it what you will.