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Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is a Danish word for having the feeling of coziness or charmingness. I know that I value the feeling of being cozy, whether that means I am cuddled up in a blanket, relaxing and staying warm by the lit fireplace, or lighting a million candles covering every flat surface in my room. Hygge is finding value in the ordinary things. Hygge is celebrating everyday little rituals that seem ordinary, but are actually special.

Here are some simple hygge habits you can incorporate into your everyday life:

Drink warm beverages.

Pick your poison, whether it’s coffee, tea, or cider, drinking warm beverages sets the tone for a cozy experience.

Use chunky blankets.

Chunky blankets create a warm and cuddly experience that is the epitome of hygge.

Light candles.

If you have a fireplace that’s even better! Put on a fire and light some candles to set a charming mood!

Start a gratitude journal.

Starting a gratitude journal can help you find value in the ordinary things that you can easily look past or take for granted.

Pick up knitting.

Knitting is often very therapeutic and can be used as a mechanism to reach a state of meditation. This can help create a sense of hygge by calming down your mind and using the time to think of all your daily joys.

Experience nature in silence.

Experiencing nature in silence can bring a new appreciation to smells and noises we often take for granted. Create a sense of hygge by experiencing nature in silence and take in the subtle happiness that birds chirping or rivers flowing can bring you.


Caroline Currie

Cincinnati '19

Caroline Currie is a fourth-year student at the University of Cincinnati working towards a Liberal Arts degree in Anthropology, Electronic Media, and Professional Writing. When she’s not watching hours of cuddly cow videos, she’s eating pints of vegan ice cream and reading piles of nonfiction psychology books. She has a passion for uplifting and empowering women on campus by sharing their stories for others to learn from or be inspired by! 
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