I've found my new obsession. Hygge.
Hygge is a Danish word and concept that does not easily translate into English. Pronounced (sort-of) like 'hoo-gah', the closest word we probably have is 'cosy'. But oh, it's so much more than that. It can be defined as:
You know those lovely things about autumn and winter? The chunky knit sweaters and oversized scarves, open fires and hot chocolates, family gatherings and board games, crisp air and crunchy leaves. That content feeling where you're appreciating the little things and being kind to yourself? That. That is Hygge.
Hygge is most definitely not those cold, wet and dark morning walks to work, spending the day with damp socks, and then leaving work and oh yes it's dark again and still raining. No. But then getting in to your cosy house and lighting a few candles and having a warm bath, then snuggling up on the sofa with more candles and a fluffy blanket and a film -
This is more than just a word to the Danish - it's a way of living. And they're obviously doing something right as they are the happiest country in the world. Even with their 17 hours of darkness a day in the depths of their winter.
I'm totally sold on the idea. And as someone who struggles for motivation through winter, Hygge is something I will definitely be trying this year.
Here's 12 ways you can make your winter a little more hyggelit: