Although Hygge was founded by the Danish a very long time ago it has recently become mainstream in the US – especially mid-winter and leading up to the holidays. Hygge isn’t just the art of being cozy and comfortable and surrounded by soft warm blankets it’s surrounding yourself with all things positive that can induce relaxation.

An excerpt from Self Magazine recently got us re-inspired:

Meik Wiking, the author of The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets To Happy Living, and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, tells SELF that hygge has been called everything from “the art of creating intimacy,” to “coziness of the soul,” and even, “cocoa by candlelight.” In his book, Wiking explains that you know hygge when you feel it, but that some of the key ingredients are togetherness, relaxation, indulgence, presence, and comfort. “The true essence of hygge is the pursuit of everyday happiness and it’s basically like a hug, just without the physical touch,” he says.

And while hygge is more a state of being, whether with friends or without, here’s a few of our suggestions to help set the stage in your home (de-cluttering not included)

Happy hygge!