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  • Elissa May Murphy

How We Hygge

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

We are unleashing our inner Dane today on the blog!

In The Little Book of Hygge (hoo-ga): Danish Secrets to Happy Living, Hyyge dives into the art of happiness, as explained in detail by author Mike Wiking. Mike is the head of research at The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.

The topic of happiness has made waves over the last several years. The topic of happiness was even ranked Yale's most popular course to have registered for the Spring 2018 semester!

Everyone is talking about Hygge.

Everyone is trying to better understand the ins & outs of becoming happy.

Many (particularly millennials) are striving to better themselves these days.

Needless to say, Hygge is in its prime during the wintry months, particularly the Christmas season. I impeccably completed reading Wiking's book earlier this month. As we are nearing the end of the harsh weather and approaching kinder temperatures in New York State (knock on wood), let's dive into how you can carry this happiness art form from our Danish pals throughout our daily lives:

1) Candles Galore

You can invest in cheap candles. You can invest in overly expensive candles. So long as they smell nice, you'll be one step closer to ultimate hygge happiness with this home decor treat! Alex and I are so obsessed with candles that we have them sorted in our closet by what season it reminds us of by way of title and smell.

In case you're curious, yes we are forever and always accepting candle donations. Yes I personally have contemplated adding a candle donation to my future wedding registry. No I am not ashamed that I have thought of this before becoming engaged. What of it?

2) Reading

Cozying up with a good read never hurt anybody! As far as I know of, at least! I have been on a major reading kick lately. I say lately, because this personally comes and goes in waves. While I'm still on this reading kick, I am going to take advantage! What books are you reading these days?

Please message me your recommendations! I'm continuing to sport The Freelancer's Bible, and I just received three books in the mail that I cannot wait to share with you on an upcoming post! I swear, however, that I like to read for enjoyment and not just to continue learning about business and management. I just finished Eat, Pray, Love. Never read the book. Never watched the movie. Better late than never, right?

3) Our "Fireplace"

Despite living in an old home, we sadly have no built-in fireplace. To compensate for lack thereof, we have a space heater to give the visual effect, as well as warm up our space for the most special of occasions: private studio lessons during the chillier months, and late night movie nights on the projector!

4) All The Cozy Socks

If you've read my DIY Photobox post, you already know the story of how my students (subbing students, not student-students) and I had a bonding moment last Christmas season.

Subject line reads: swooning over "cabin socks." We all came to the discovery that if we received twenty-five dollars to spend on ourselves as a gift, we all would buy cabin socks.

Coincidentally, alongside my fellow middle school dreamers, we are indubitably riding the same wavelength as the Danes. To up the anti, the Danes aren't just looking for the coziest cabin socks. In fact, their normal wintry wardrobe is all about being as cozy as heavenly possible, from head to toe. The bulkier in size, the better! Paired with your favorite pair of sweats and some cabin socks, of course, you're sure to have a life of pure comfort.

* Tip *

For those I have received that are "aloe-infused," I reuse them over and over again. However, I am going to go ahead and assume that the aloe eventually wares off... right?! Therefore, I typically work in a vitamin e-oil treatment into my nighttime routine!

5) Calling All Blankets

Whether it be a fleece, cableknit, flannel, or an oversized scarf; you truly can't go wrong with a blanket alongside your reading in that candlelit room.

* Talk To Me *

I hadn't heard about heated blankets until this winter season but haven't gotten around to purchasing one or even looking through! Anyone out there own one of these? What are your thoughts? Just remember: within the art of hygge, you earn brownie points if your loungewear is as soft as your blankets.

6) Caffeinating The Bloodstream

All of the coffee and all of the tea in all of the land add the perfect touch to one's day when trying to reach the ultimate levels of hygge... I personally feel more relaxed and cozy at home when I heat water on the kettle and make tea or use my french press.

But look out, world! This girl just purchased a stovetop espresso maker! Not to mention I got my dear friend the perfect double espresso maker for her and her fiancé's wedding gift! Don't worry, it's not a secret. I nearly told her as soon as I purchased it. I couldn't contain myself.

No matter the time of year, there is always a little something we can take away from this recent lifestyle craze. Enjoy a cup of tea late at night while lighting a candle at home, snuggling up with a warm blanket paired with some even cozier clothes, grab your books and enjoy a relaxing, restful night at home. You've worked hard for it and have most certainly earned it!

How do you hygge? Let us know in the comments below!