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It’s not happy people that are thankful, it’s thankful people that are happy.

Your attitude towards life has a major impact on your ability to see and embrace your blessings. Be grateful, be positive…and celebrate!

Wellbeing and happiness are key elements of hygge. Hygge encourages you to live well and notice the small joys along the way. There’s more to it than surrounding yourself with cozy things and wrapping yourself in snuggly blankets. It’s your mindset that’s equally – or even more – important. You don’t need all kinds of extraordinary events in your life to be happy. Hygge is really more about feeling a general contentment on a day-to-day base than living your life from one high to the next.

#1 – presence

Hygge is all about being present in the here and now and savouring the moment. Unplug. Switch off. When you’re always ‘on’, there’s a good chance you won’t even notice a hyggelig moment when it’s right in front of you. Put down phones, turn off the TV, put away your to do list and get rid of everything that prevents you from taking in this very moment.

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#2 – gratitude

It’s a good habit to regularly stop and think about what you’re thankful for. If you’re focused on what you don’t have, you’ll never be happy. Start a gratitude journal and write down three things every day that you’re thankful for. Also express your gratitude towards others. Write a thank you note to somebody who changed your life or bring a loved one flowers for being there for you.

gratitude journal, woman at a table with a journal and a cup of tea

#3 – positivity

With all that’s going on in the world, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that things will turn for the better. But let’s not forget that there are a lot of good things in the world, too. You can choose to focus on what’s going well in the world and your personal life. Try to make a positive difference and remember that energy flows where attention goes. Celebrate small wins and be proud how far you’ve come. 

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#4 – self-care

A lot of people struggle with the fast pace of life and balancing responsibilities at home and at work these days. If you have trouble relaxing and feel guilty about not spending enough quality time on yourself or your loved ones, it’s time to revise your priorities and put self-care on top. Spend a day on your own, take a long bath, reflect on your life goals and adjust if necessary.

self care, woman in a bath tub outside with trees in the background

#5 – harmony

One very important rule for a hygge mindset: No. Drama. There’s no room for talking politics, negativity, showing off or going head to head about some controversial topic. For a moment we put all that aside and we focus on the things that unite us. We savour the peacefulness of the moment.

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    Characteristics of a Hygge Spot

    We realize that the definition of a hygge place may vary slightly from person to person. However, as a guideline we use the following characteristics that are generally considered hygge.

    Basic lighting
    Basic lighting is the light you turn on when you enter the space. The light spreads evenly and doesn’t create too much effect or contrast. Think ceiling lamps, hanging lamps and build-in spots.

    Atmospheric lighting
    Atmospheric lighting is for creating…atmosphere. It’s a soft, indirect light that spreads throughout the space. This is called diffused light. Use different heights of atmospheric lighting for optimal results, for example table lamps, floor lamps and wall lamps.

    Functional lighting
    Functional lighting is focused light that enables you to see what you’re doing. It’s the light above your dinner table, the reading lamp next to your lazy chair and the spots above your kitchen sink.

    Accent lighting
    Accent lighting is used to single out a specific object or place and focus attention on it. This could be a painting or an architectonic detail.

    Decorative lighting
    Decorative lighting is about the esthetics of the armature itself. Lighting the space is not its purpose; it’s just there for the effect. Most of these light sources have little light output and stand out because of their appearance. Fireplaces and candles are also decorative lighting.

    Hygge is the art of creating warmth, coziness and contentment in any given moment.

    Hygge Hytte  means 'cozy cottage', a place where you can unwind and recharge.