I think there are many people who don’t understand the benefits of hygge, but that might not mean you.
You may totally get the Danish concept for happiness. But then again maybe you don’t.
It’s a challenge for me, or anyone really to talk about Hygge and the awesome impact it can have on your life without sounding preachy. You know, like my post 30 Ways to Enjoy Hygge All Year Long, or in this post – 7 Simple Ways to Live Hygge in Spring?
It’s like I’m saying, well Judy, just do these things, and you too can embrace Hygge and everything will be perfect. That’s not my intention, but it could sound that like to some people. Maybe even you.
Or when I send you a Hygge Planner, to help you plan some fun activities for yourself and your family, does that really give you value? Or is the printable more of a reminder that you want to schedule those things into your very busy life?
I know, lots of questions today. But here’s the thing.
I’m on this hygge journey with you and learning as I go. That’s what I want to share with you.
If planning ‘hygge-like’ activities for yourself and your loved ones is giving you stress, then you are not in the hygge zone and I am not helping you by saying, “you should do this, or you should print that”.
Hygge is about feelings. Conscious feelings that you have when share a meal with your children. When you smile and say hello to a stranger on the subway. Holding your sweeties hand when you walk to the grocery store. It’s that wonderful book you are reading, while waiting for the laundry to finish.
That’s your hygge. You probably make room for hygge in your life everyday, and don’t even know it.
But when you do those things, and that warm cozy feeling comes over you? That’s your hygge moment.
Not complicated, not scheduled, not ticking the box.
When I published an article about how to be happy and the Danish key to happiness – Hygge, You all loved it! It has become one of my top posts!
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But there is definitely more to hygge than the things that get us to our happy space.
Cause if you remember from before, Hygge is about the feelings, right?
Feelings of Contentment.
In The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (The Happiness Institute Series), Meik Wiking says that “hygge is about an atmosphere and the experience it is not about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling we are safe that we are shielded from the world…to be able to let our guard down.”
So while we equate all of these things with cooler weather, staying indoors, cozying up in front a fire to read or snuggle, 🙂 hygge is everywhere!
And I think you will find that Spring is one of the best times to fit some hygge into your life!
1. Visit your local Farmer’s Market or Flower Market and spend time wandering.
Soaking up the sites, sounds and smells will definitely put a smile on your face.
Outdoor markets are a feast for the senses!
Go by yourself, or meet your best friend there.
You know, the one that you really miss, and haven’t been able to spend time with lately?
Pick up a bunch of fresh cut flowers to take home, like these beautiful white tulips.
Nothing says how to live hygge in Spring like Tulips.
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2. Clear your mind.
Turn off the phone and pick up that new novel you’ve been wanting to read.
Or maybe you have an old favorite? I have some amazing books I’ll bet I’ve read them 20 times or more.
They are like old friends, and the contentment I feel I read them is immeasurable. You too?
Brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea, light a candle, and curl up with a cozy blanket and your pet if you have one.
If it’s warm enough to be outdoors, listen to the new leaves in the trees, or the different sounds in your city that mean Spring is here.
Even cozier, curly up with your honey, while you both read.
One of the easiest ways I know to live hygge in spring is to get your hands dirty!
Give your houseplants some TLC. Pick up a bag of new potting soil, maybe a new pot?
And replant your favorites to give them new vigor for Spring.
It may be too early to plant where you live, but those backyard planters are perfect for putting your hands into the soil.
Feel that cool, dark earth on your fingers. Did you find a worm? Just let it be, it will make your garden happy.
Well, ok Judy, but how is this going to help me get my hygge on?
Mindfulness. Feeling the fresh dirt in your hands, and the care you are giving to your plants.
Give yourself the time to include Hygge in your life. Our 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge will help!
4. Connect. With family or friends or both.
I know how busy you are.
And getting people together takes planning right?
Ask for help, make it a BBQ potluck and spend time getting caught up.
You will be so glad you did.
One of the best ways I know of, to live hygge in spring is to get the BBQ fired up and invite the gang.
It’s a rite of passage really, from the dark days of winter, to the shiny greenness of spring.
After eating, organize the gang for a group walk and enjoy all the feels, smell the smells!
5. Make something yummy
Like this No Bake Grasshopper Pie From the 60s.
Think mint chocolate milkshake in a pie.
Take it to work and share.
Happiness all around.
6. Get some Vitamin D.
Yes there is sunshine out there!
Find your own patch of sun, at the local park, on your front porch, anywhere at all.
Even though it isn’t full strength yet, this springtime sun will soak through your bones, right to your heart.
For us it’s the trailer, and a sheltered spot in the sun fills up your Vitamin D quota for days while you soak up the sun.
Got a spot in mind?
Perfect. Go there now.
7. Be good to yourself.
That means quiet time alone, away from the stresses, noises and that little voice that keeps saying “I should be doing…” A little self-care is required here.
Just tell that little voice to be quiet and you will get to it later.
Because you will you know.
Those things we have on our lists will always be there.
This is a good time to pick up your journal, wrap yourself in the cozy shawl and write.
Anything at all. And then take a nap.
Happy. Cozy. Contentment.
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