Wikipedia defines HYGGE (hoo-ga) as “A Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.”  Never heard the word? Google it and you’ll find plenty of references to this somewhat trendy notion.

Wisconsin is a perfect place to explore the concept of hygge. While hygge can be experienced any time of the year, Wisconsin fall and winter seasons are custom made for it. As we move into the darker and chillier times of the year, some of us find it to be a little bit of a negative slide mentally. If that’s the case for your family, consider making a commitment to adopt a more hygge-like lifestyle.

So what are some of the simple pleasures that can help create this “comfortable conviviality?” Following are some easy ideas – part of the charm of hygge is its simplicity.

  • Get out the candles
  • Add some pillows to your cozy places
  • Wear your slippers as much as possible
  • Add some soft area rugs
  • Put on the sweatpants and hoodies!
  • Treat yourself to fingerless gloves
  • Make hot chocolate
  • Rake some leaves
  • Buy yourself a favorite “goodie”
  • Light a fire in the fireplace or firepit
  • Enjoy some relaxing music
  • Curl up with a book or a favorite movie
  • Take a nature walk
  • Bake some bread
  • Build a snowman
  • Spend time with a small group of family or friends
  • Share a meal with someone
  • Make soup or chili
  • Dig out the fondue pot
  • Cozy up with your dog or cat

Like the idea of hygge and want to know more? Check your library, bookstore, Facebook sites or Amazon for some easy and entertaining quick reads. Put on your sweatpants first.