Hygge? What is that?
'Pronounced "hoo-ga," this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment1 and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.
If you've ever enjoyed reading a book indoors on a rainy Sunday or a cup of hot cocoa on a snow day, you've experienced hygge without
even knowing it.'2
So, how can we bring this cozy feeling into our study and how can it help us succeed? Feeling comfortable and cozy can actually help us absorb more information as we are more likely to be relaxed. You can bring this concept into your study life by lighting a candle, using essential oils, throwing a blanket over yourself and putting some soothing music on in the background. It may sound simple, but these acts force us to be more mindful and present, which in turn help us connect more with the work we are doing.
It’s not really feasible for students to bring their own cushions and fairy lights into a classroom (but if you’re one of those teachers that do, kudos to you!), however there are still ways you can bring hygge to class. Don’t just rummage together some old pens in a bag, take pride in your possessions and have one, nice quality pen and pencil in a pencil case you enjoy looking at. Bring a bottle of water and maybe decorate your planner or notes as you are working. These tiny steps can go far in helping you connect to the content.
In The Home
This tip is mainly for the parents out there, but bringing the hygge, cozy feeling to the home can drastically improve mood which has a flow on effect to stress and work quality. Use candles, dim lights and warm, comforting food to create an atmosphere that makes you feel relaxed and sit in the magic of hygge.
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1: The Little Book fo Hygge, Meik Wiking