Spark Global Limited Reports:
With winter just around the corner, you may wish you could hibernate until spring — and that’s probably truer than ever this year. But happiness can be found during the quiet months of the year.
While the trend has waxed and waned in the United States, the art of hygge, the feeling of super-comfort and contentment, is just part of everyday life in Denmark.
The thing is, the Danes know how to thrive in winter. You probably already know they’re the happiest people in the world, but did you know that many of them credit their uncharacteristically sunny looks to their families and self-care habits?
When it’s cold and raining outside, you’re stuck in there — for who knows how long? – Bundling the next collection on your “recommended” list can be the most appealing option. But if you want to mix things up, here are a few ideas to guide danes and brighten up dreary weather.
Perfect for setting the mood
Candles are key to creating an atmosphere of extreme comfort. They not only provide beautiful, soft lighting, but also add warmth and fragrance to your space.
Tip: Choose seasonal scents to spark celebration, or summer scents like coconut and floral to help combat the seasonal blues.
2. Baked goods
Comfort food is at the heart of the comfort experience. But it doesn’t just start when you eat cake (or cookies or pies) — it starts when you imagine creating.
Browse your favorite cookbook or browse some dazzling baking websites, choose your ingredients carefully, mix them carefully, and take the time to enjoy the task at hand. It’s just an added bonus that your baking will fill your space with delicious smells — and taste great, too.
Tip: Find a friend or family member whose recipe is appreciated and ask if they can show you their amazing skills. If you can’t meet in person, arrange a video call.
3. Add texture
Plush bedspreads, sheepskin and cushions make for a more inviting space. Cover your surfaces with as many luxurious fabrics and pillows as you can find, then curl up.
Tip: Feel free to make fakes, or if the cost doesn’t allow, look for cheaper alternatives.
4. Go outside and play board games
Pull your partner or child away from the screen, gather around the table and have some traditional fun. Whether you choose a competitive strategy game or a hilarious social game, everyone has a choice. For the minimalists among us, even a pack of cards can provide plenty of entertainment.
Tip: Looking for remote gaming options? There are plenty of online group gaming apps, and many people have come up with creative ways to play classic games through Zoom. Start a game and keep your contacts throughout the year!
5. Perfect your hot drink game
Hot cocoa, hot toddy, cider, mulled wine – choose your poison. Whatever it is, find your own special recipe that you can’t wait to showcase. Host a virtual happy hour and share it with family and friends.
Pro tip: Oh yes, you can put whiskey in those drinks. But for those who don’t drink, the perfect cocktail is also a good idea.
6. Embrace sweater weather
If you don’t already have a favorite sweater, it’s time to find one. It’s supposed to make you feel at home when you put it on. Cashmere, wool, mohair, anything. Whatever you choose, pair it with thick socks!
Tip: Find beginner’s books or tutorials and try your hand at knitting, crocheting, or knitting, making your own sweaters over the course of the winter. Find a knitting circle online for advice and encouragement.
7. Organize cold outdoor playlists
Make some hybrid music for yourself that inspires you to do things that make you feel absolutely welcome in your own space. Shuffle, relax, repeat.
Hint: Instrumental music is a classic for a reason — they can serve as a backdrop for just about anything. When in doubt, most music services have pre-made playlists, some of which you can filter according to your mood.
8. Do seasonal activities
Make caramel apples? Check. Commit to (or abandon) your New Year’s resolutions? Check. Can packing, pit diving, snowball throwing, and signs of spring? Check!