11 Hygge Quotes to Change Your Life will give you ideas on creating the formula for the happy life your soul craves.
“Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with the beauty of a sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage.” – Thomas Kincade
Thomas Kincade knew a thing or two about the beauty of simplicity. His artwork became so popular because not only was it beautiful, it represented a peaceful life.If you like hygge, I’m guessing you love all things cozy.
I just started a new Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life. It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug. Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.
How do you pronounce Hygge?
Hygge is not pronounced the way you think it is. “Hoo-gah” is the correct way to say it. If you want even more clarification there are Youtube videos that will help you out. Here’s one that nails it!
Where did Hygge originate?
The word hygge originally came from Norway. It’s translation loosely meant well-being. The Danish adopted the word as their own and they embody the hygge lifestyle. Danes are among the happiest people in the world and they attribute their happiness in part to hygge.
What is Hygge?
Hygge cannot be summarized in just a word or even a sentence. The best way I can describe it is an outlook on life that focuses on simple pleasures and taking the time to cultivate more of them in your life.
It’s when you give your body, mind and spirit a rest and enjoy the good things in life, like a sunrise or sunset, reading a book in front of crackling fire, taking the time to savor a delicious mug of gourmet tea, and spending time with friends and family in a comfortable setting.
What is a Hygge Lifestyle?
Instead of living your life on autopilot, hygge is a way of life that makes sure you live your life in a way that brings deep contentment to your soul.
Sometimes the outer things in life (money, power, achievements) aren’t the things that will make us happy. A hygge life encourages us to look at what truly brings us joy and it to make sure we include those things in our days.
Resources on Hygge Living:
The Hygge House is a famous blog that focuses on all thing hygge. She covers hygge décor and lifestyle ideas.
I love a YouTube channel with a host that actually lives in Denmark. You can find it here.
Finding that balance between getting things done and learning to schedule downtime is what we all need to live happy-centered days.
Here are a few quotes that will help steer you in the right direction.
11 Hygge Quotes to Change Your Life:
1) “She did not need much, wanted very little. A kind word, sincerity, fresh air, clean water, a garden, kisses, books to read, sheltering arms, a cozy bed, and to love and be loved in return.” – Starra Neely Blade
Sometimes we forget how little we need to live a good life. Surrounding ourselves with pockets of joy will cushion us for life’s mishaps.
Take the time to create an environment that softly whispers peace, love, and coziness to your soul.
2) “You will know you made the right decision; you will feel the stress leaving your body, your mind, your life.” – Brigitte Nicole
When you start inching to a more cozy lifestyle, there will be a shift in the space around you.
Instead of a constant rush, your life will now have the room to grow in a positive direction.
Decisions will be made from the heart and not an urgent to-do list that the world says you have to accomplish.
Cherishing the things you love in your life and making room to experience them more will allow you to have more enjoyable moments throughout your day.
3) “To love a person is to see all of their magic, and to remind them of it when they have forgotten.” – Author Unknown
I love, love, love this quote. Did I mention the word love? I want to wrap myself up in this quote like a blanket – that’s how much I believe this quote can change the world.
A friend of mine was going through a difficult time at work recently. We’re close, but I’m not her best friend.
When trouble struck, she called me because she knew I had been through the same thing and would be able to guide her down a path of light.
She invited me for lunch. I listened. I listened more. Pretty soon it was time for dinner – that’s how long we were at the restaurant.
We gave the waitress our new order. After she finished telling me everything, I let her marinate in the relief of being able to tell someone everything.
Then it was my turn to talk. I asked her what she was missing out on by staying tied to the current situation she was in?
What changes would she like to see in her life?
Is the path she had been taking “comfortable” until the trouble began, and this event was just a wake-up call to finally get on the right road?
She thought about the questions I asked and realized she had allowed a what she thought was “safe” situation control her life.
Now that it wasn’t safe anymore, it had the power to bring down everything she had built up because she was dependant on it.
It was her that built the company she worked at for years. She was the reason for its success.
They had no real control over her because they didn’t “own” her gifts. She did.
It was time to plot a new course. A course that would nurture her and not take away the things that lit her up.
She went to the doorway and took one last look behind her and closed the door.
My friend is now building a new career and living a new dream. She’s happier than she has been in years.
Remind others of their magic. They need a nudge now and then.
If you’re the one that needs a reminder of your magic, invite your friends to lunch and let them remind you of who you are.
4) “Taking ‘naps’ sounds so childish…I prefer to call them ‘horizontal life pauses.'” – Author unknown
How much better would life be if you were able to take the time for a nap now and again?
Hygge is all about nurturing yourself and your loved ones, so schedule in some nap time and see how much your outlook improves.
5) “When the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in great golden drops, like honey from the honeycomb. The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender, of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Isn’t this quote divine? Wouldn’t you love to wake up to an environment like this and greet the day from a place of coziness?
Make sure you have all the necessities on hand: rustic bread, good-quality butter, warm slippers, and a fireplace ready to start the day. Add in your favorite elements to make this vision a reality.
6) “I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves to warm and cheer.” – George Matthew Adams
I belong to a group on Facebook and there’s one woman in it that lives in Canada. She reminds me of this quote.
Whenever anyone is having a hard time, her caring warmth is sent to anyone that needs it.
She shows us pictures of all the cookies and bread she has gift-wrapped ready to disperse to family, friends, and neighbors just because it’s Tuesday.
I once told her I decided to be her neighbor and asked if there was any property located near her, she responded that “Yes there is and I would love it!”
I then informed her of how many dogs I have and that she might not like the situation. She said that she loved dogs and I they would never go without homemade biscuits.
Now the logistics might be a bit of a problem, considering she lives in another country. But…it would be worth it to live next to someone so generous with both their time and talents!
7) “My love of baking might have originated with my grandmother. She had a lemon tree growing in her backyard, and one of my favorite memories is of picking lemons together and then baking lemon bars.” – Lisa Graff
We forget how satisfying it is to grow our food and then make amazing dishes with what we produce.
Homemade goes to a whole new level when we’re able to know where the berries come from in our pies or have intimate relations with the cows that produce our cheese.
Even if you don’t have much space to garden or raise animals, you do have a windowsill to grow your herbs.
Cooking allows us to tap into our creative side and nourish the ones we love. With today’s hectic pace, sometimes all we want is shortcuts because of our to-do list.
Make at least one day a week sacred for family supper and spend the time making your meal from scratch and experience the joy this will bring you.
I wrote another post about this topic that you can find here: Hygge Family Dinner Traditions to Start Tonight.
8) “Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.” – Austin Kleon
We often forget that humans are meant to be creative. What stops us from living the life we want to is fear.
Fear of not being perfect. Fear of failing. Fear of others opinions.
Forget about fear. If you have a book in you that’s waiting to get out, write it.
Does a blank canvas call your name and you turn away? Paint it.
Write that song that you’ve been tapping on your desk with your fingers.
Everything we do has a ripple effect on the rest of our lives. If you don’t bring the gifts you have to the world, you’re short-changing everyone and especially yourself.
Showing your creativity could be as simple as putting together a beautiful garden. It’s not just a gift to you, but for all that pass by it.
Don’t keep your creativity locked inside. Show it off to the universe and see what happens.
9) “Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.” – Phylicia Rashad
Create a tribe of like-minded people to surround yourself. If your current circle of friends don’t support or encourage you, then its time to find others that want you to be your best.
You don’t have to have a lot of friends, an intimate network works just as well. In fact, sometimes it works better.
Look for people who have the same interests as you and that take pleasure in simple living.
10) “Who I am, what I am, is the culmination of a lifetime of reading, a lifetime of stories. And there are still so many more books to read. I’m a work in progress.” – Sarah Addison Allen
Make time for reading. There’s something about transporting yourself to a different world that allows you to relax and recharge.
Develop a routine that gives you a window of self-indulgence every day.
Whether you take the time to read while taking a hot bath, or in bed before nodding off to sleep, or simply taking ten minutes here and there throughout the day to read a few pages, make reading a priority in your life and pick books that will make you happy.
11) “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
We forget sometimes that we were meant to be close to nature. We forget, but our souls never do.
How much better do you feel after spending time outside? The stress just seems to melt away and there is a reason for that.
Instead of spending money on a pricey gym, take up snowshoeing, canoeing, hiking or even just walking. Enjoy each season and find ways to be outside exploring what each one offers.
Hygge is a lifestyle that is good for us and acknowledges our need for cozy traditions. These quotes are just a reminder of the magic that awaits when you live your life on purpose.
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