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Happy Valentine’s day! I hope that you spend a hygge day or evening or long weekend with the one you love. A hygge valentine is my favorite way to do Valentine’s day because it’s all about being present and enjoying each other’s company. It’s low key (usually!) and it’s all about the relationship, not STUFF.
What is H
How do you pronounce Hygge?
Strangely enough, hygge doesn’t sound anything like the word “hug”. It is pronounced somewhere between “hoo-gah” and “hue-gah”.
Where did Hygge originate?
“Hygge originates in Norway, and stems from the word ‘
Today we recognize hygge as a Danish word that describes a way of living that involves finding joy in the simple things in life. It often evokes a feeling of coziness, comfort and wellbeing.
What is a Hygge Lifestyle?
If you have ever spent a stormy afternoon in front of a roaring fire savoring a cup of tea or enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner party in the company of good friends, you have already experienced hygge yourself. It is about being in the moment and savoring (not ignoring) the small pleasures in life.
Hygge is considered “a defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA,” according to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. “In other words, what freedom is to Americans. . . hygge is to Danes,” Wiking says in his book The Little Book Of Hygge.
Resources for Hygge Living:
Tips for a Hygge Valentine’s Day
- Don’t stress.
- Focus on spending quality time not on spending money.
- Be in the moment: it won’t go exactly as planned, be flexible.
- Have fun and enjoy the ride!
Hygge Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
- Watch your favorite romantic movie together, recreate your favorite scenes
- Take a bubble bath together
- Whatever you do for Valentine’s day, do it by candlelight, or try the soothing glow of a Himalayan salt lamp
- Share your favorite memories of the other person, describe their qualities that you love about them–record them in a journal
- Imagine your dream life together
- Write each other love letters
- Give each other the best gift: the gift of undivided time
- Share breakfast in bed together
- Eat lunch at a small cafe and people watch
- Have a picnic in front of the fireplace
- Cook a meal together
- Create an entire meal of heart-shaped foods
- Play a board game
- Play outside, depending on the weather build a snowman, go for a bike ride or a game of tag
- Read a romantic novel or poetry aloud to each other
- Cut out heart shapes from paper and make a garland
- Make a blanket fort and put it to good use
- Take a ride on a train, this is especially cool if you have a historic train nearby
- Take photos together in the most romantic spots in your town
- See live music at a local club
- Indulge in numerous public displays of affection
Extra planning or money
- Rent a rustic cabin and spend time together, unplugged
- Send your love on a scavenger hunt through the house, the neighborhood, or around town
I hope that at least one or two of these ideas for a hygge V
Happy Valentine’s day!!