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31 Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas for 2024

31 Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas will help you come up with thoughts on how to turn 2024 into a year that transforms your life. As the calendar turns the page to a brand-new year, there’s a natural inclination to reflect on our lives and set intentions for a fresh start in twelve months ahead.

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to live a cozy life in the start of a new year, Hygge New Year Traditions and How to Hygge: 31 of the Best Cozy Ideas will help you on your journey.

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31 Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Start New Year’s Day

How many years have you made New Year’s Resolutions, only to forget about them after a month or so?  It’s time to change direction and commit to creating a comfortable new life that will bring us peace and happiness.  

Transforming your life can be challenging. If you start incorporating the hygge lifestyle little by little, the payoffs will be immense, motivating you to keep going on the journey. We could all use a fresh start. Its that time of year.

Somewhere along the way, we’ve learned that “having more” isn’t better if it takes away the time for things that give us joy. Simple living is where it’s at.

There’s a reason the Danish are the happiest country on earth. Danes grow up learning how to add hygge to their lives.  

The rest of us must learn to add an element of the hygge lifestyle here and there until we find our way back to living a life we love.  

I put together new resolutions to get you started on the journey. There’s no better time than the New Year to begin.

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Simple New Year’s Resolution Ideas

“Benjamin Franklin said it best: “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”

Meik Wiking

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Here are 31 Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas

1. Learn a New Craft

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Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Starting a New Hobby

We should always strive to learn something new each year. Finding the time to take up a new craft is a perfect way to incorporate the hygge spirit in our downtime.  

One of my favorite memories is of my cousin and I hanging out in my grandparent’s camper parked in the backyard of their house.  

My cousin and I used the camper as an art studio. For days, we took scraps of fabric, feathers, beads, sequins, paper, scissors, glue, pens, markers, and a bag of lima beans and transformed them into “Lima Bean People” cards.  

The lima bean was the person’s “head,” and we made clothing and hats for the people. We drew in the hands and feet.  

Every time I’m in the grocery store, I laugh when I see a bag of lima beans.

Most of us have always retained our sense of wonder for the love of crafting. Life somehow got in the way.

It’s time to return to the cozy feeling of making things with our two hands again. It’s also a good idea to start your new hobby with a family member or friend.

31 Best Hygge Hobbies to Try will give you some new ideas to get started.

2. Create Meaningful Connections

Creating new, meaningful connections in your life is a profoundly enriching endeavor. It’s about reaching out to individuals who resonate with your values, interests, and aspirations.

These connections can manifest in the form of deep friendships, supportive mentors, or kindred spirits who inspire and uplift you.

You can interpret creating meaningful connections in a lot of different ways. A great way to get started is creating a book club with some of your friends and inviting new people to join.  

This resolution can also be about changing how you interact with people you meet along your path. It could be as simple as consciously finding a compliment to give to everyone you encounter throughout the day. The little things can make a big difference in other people’s lives.

3. Start a New Morning Ritual 

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Cozy New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Morning Routine

Morning is when the day starts. It’s so important to start it off on the right foot with a positive change in habits.

Whether you decide to begin your day by rising early and spending time in meditation, reading, or merely listening to beautiful music – changing how you start the day can change how the remaining hours turn out.

To learn more about how to start your mornings right, Cozy Hygge Morning Rituals to Try Today will give you specific goals help you on your journey.

4. Limit Television Violence

I don’t think our minds and bodies can handle the drama that surrounds us with access to 24-hour media and movies. Life is hard enough without layering it with more bad news and shows that are filled with violence.  

Limiting media violence for one week is an achievable goal. See if reducing the amount of time spent on this bad habit shifts your perception. Our mental health should be a priority in the new year.

5. Candlelight Dinners

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Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Candlelight Dinners

Candlelight adds a bit of magic to your home. Adding candlelight to your dinner table will take your meals to another level. Peacefulness wash over our souls when we add candlelight to our homes.  

When you take the time to enjoy your time with your family, you build precious memories that will keep you warm for the rest of your life.  

You can start by adding a candlelight dinner one night a week to see if a positive shift occurs.

For more ideas on how to improve your dinner time, Hygge Family Dinner Traditions to Start Tonight is the perfect place to start.

6. Reaching Out

Is there someone in your past who meant the world to you that is no longer in your life?  

Take the time to reconnect with them in the upcoming year. You can send a card or letter, email, or make a phone call. 

7. Create a Cozy Office

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Cozy New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Create a Cozy Office

Work is something most of us have to do. If your office is a cold, gray place, it can put a damper on your day.  

Adding coziness to the workplace is one of the most important things to do for ourselves. Even one small touch can transform your space. 

I wrote an entire post on the topic, so you have a few ideas to get you started.

Hygge at Work: Turn Your Office into a Cozy Place 

8. Delete 365 Things From Your Home

If you start on January 1st and vow to give away one thing per day, you will have gotten rid of 365 items by the end of the year.  It’s one of those new goals that pays off in a big way.

Trying to delete 365 items all at once becomes an overwhelming project. If you give away one thing a day, it is a quick and easy task.

9. More Sunrises and Sunsets

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Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Making Time for Sunsets and Sunrises

Two of the most beautiful shows on earth are outside your front door. How often in the previous year did we take the time to watch them unfold? 

This year, make it a tradition to experience more sunrises and sunsets.  

Whether you’re an early riser or prefer to cap off your night, either show pays off with profound moments.

10. Spend the Year Learning Something New

I love this idea. Is there something you’ve been interested in that you’ve been putting off learning about?  

Why not vow to become an expert on the topic by the end of the year?

You could use your commute time to listen to audiobooks or take classes about the topic in person or online. Investing your time in personal growth always improves our lives.

11. Garden Oasis

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Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Create a Garden Oasis

Adding a cozy garden to your home is a New Year resolution worth pursuing. It’s like planting the seeds of tranquility and rejuvenation to your own backyard.

As you envision this lush oasis, it becomes a promise to yourself to create a sanctuary of natural beauty and peaceful escape. From colorful blooms to fragrant herbs, a cozy a cozy garden offers not only a visual feast but also a delight for your senses.

Transforming your outdoor space into something you love is time well-spent.

Here are some ideas on how to create a cozy garden:

12. Monthly Community Events 

Get to know your neighbors by attending local events to meet like-minded people. The beginning of the year is a good time to meet new people.  

There are online Meetup groups, local Facebook groups, and community fundraisers that you can take part in.  

I joined several local groups on Facebook groups in the city I’ll be moving to next year. I already know several people in the groups, making my move easier.

13. Make More Soup

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Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Make More Soup

Soup is one of my absolute favorite meals. There’s something so satisfying about diving into a warm bowl of soup on a chilly day. Why don’t you try some new recipes? It’s a good way get in touch with your creative side.

This year, decide to include more soup in your diet. It’s good for your body and soul.

If you’re looking for some delicious soup recipes, I’ve got you covered:

14. Monthly “You” Day

In a fast-paced world, the person we forget about the most is ourselves. How would your outlook of the year change if you spent just one day a month doing something you love?  

If you have children, get your babysitters lined up early so you can enjoy the things that turn up your inner glow.  

Whether it’s driving to another town, attending an event or concert, or simply spending a day in a coffee shop writing – finding time for yourself should be on your priority list.

15. Weekly Board Game Night

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Cozy New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Weekly Game Night

Board games are a fun way to spend time with family and friends.  

Did you see the movie “Game Night?” Was there a tiny part of you that was jealous of their tradition? 

I can live without the drama, but the fun of having a weekly board game night seems like the perfect cozy night in.  

You can alternate hosting homes among your friends, so one person doesn’t always have the burden.

16. Spread Kindness

The world could use more kindness. Every act of thinking of others can have a ripple effect that’s impossible to measure.  

Decide to do an act of kindness every week that will positively impact someone else, and you’ll find it’s not only them that’s rewarded with your thoughtfulness.

17. Memorize a Poem or Quote Every Week

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Cozy New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Memorize a Poem or Quote

Poems add a touch of glamour to an otherwise typical day. As a bonus, poems are one of those simple things that can add value to your outlook.  

Whether you find a quote of the day or a poem of the week, immersing yourself in the richness of words will make your year a little more special.

Hygge Quotes to Change Your Life will give you touch your soul.

18. More Bubble Baths

A world filled with bubble baths makes it a little more cozy. Always having the bubble bath supplies on hand makes taking time for yourself more accessible.    

Ensure your bathroom has some luxurious towels, sugar scrubs, an inflatable pillow, a bath tray for reading, bubbles (of course), and a few candles. If you’re looking to transform your bathroom into an oasis from the world, here are some tips.

19. Start a Journal

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Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Start Journaling

Journaling is a resolution that’s worth the effort. It’s a safe place to release pent-up feelings and give birth to your ideas and awakenings.

If you’re at a loss for how to get started, here are 100+ Hygge Journal Writing Prompts.

20. Unplug Yourself

Make this year the one where your family values experiences versus spending time online with social media.  

Go on new adventures like hiking, biking, picnics, dining alfresco, attending local events, volunteering, and even a nightly walk around the neighborhood.  

Memories are out there, ready to be made. Unplugging is a smart goal that will give you more time to add healthy habits.

21. Read More Books

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Cozy New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Read More Books

Books are amazing because they can transport us entirely to a whole new world. They let us live the life of other people and dip our toes into a different way of living, if only for a little while.  Here’s a list of books that will give you a cozy feeling.

Vow to read or listen to more books in the coming year. If you’ve always wanted to read a giant book but were overwhelmed, start reading it a little every day.  

You could also reread your favorite books and enjoy their wonder once again. One of my favorite pure hygge books is a Susan Branch Memoir. You can find that magical book here.

22. Learn to Say “No”

Saying “no” to things that don’t bring you joy is one of the best resolutions you can make. It will give you the time to add the experiences you want to have instead of doing things you don’t want to do.  

If you’re nice, saying “no” to those needing your help is hard. But if you’re doing too much for others and not enough for yourself, you’ll burn yourself out. This won’t be good for anyone.

23. Make More Homemade Gifts

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Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Homemade Gifts

There’s a woman in the cozy living group that lives in Italy. She makes the most heartwarming gifts for friends and family members.  

She’s our very own Martha Stewart, only better. She made gingerbread men for Christmas and put them in mason jars with these cute lid tops. She also made mulled cider mixes and put them in brown paper sacks with adornments.  

To say they were magical is an understatement. The care that went into each package was priceless. 

This year, turn up your creative juices and make your friends and family something from your heart instead of your wallet.

24. Cozy Dates

Making room for one-on-one time with your significant other can take time and effort.  

Take turns planning your special monthly hygge-inspired date with your significant other, and have a little competition to see who can come up with the most creative idea. 

Sometimes, we take for granted having a fantastic relationship with our best friends and forget to carve out time with just one another. This year, make it a priority to find the time.

25. Quality Time with Pets

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Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Spend More Time with Pets

Since we’re on the topic of best friends, let us remember our fur-kids and all the warmth they bring to our world. They also need some of your undivided attention as well.

I like to give my dogs a daily walk and spend time doing something that they love. Walking your dogs on a regular basis will also help with weight loss and your physical health.

A couple of my dogs love to have their feet rubbed, while another hates it. Bennett would rather have a tummy rub anytime.  

Spending time with your pets is a hygge activity will also bring you joy.

26. Monthly Magical Movie Night

Host a monthly movie night with your family.

Turn the lights down low, have everyone change into their pajamas, eat out of the slow cooker, and have plenty of blankets for a cozy extravaganza.  

I put together the Best Hygge Movies to Watch. You can find that list here.

27. Create a Cozy Corner

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Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Create a Cozy Corner

Transform one corner of your house into Hygge Central Headquarters.  

Get an oversized chair with an ottoman and position it in a favorite spot in your home. Add a side table, lamp, a luxurious throw, and plenty of things to do. 

Your cozy corner will become your favorite place to spend your downtime and give you a place to recharge your batteries.

To turn your home into a comfortable nest, I put together Hygge Home Decor: 31 Best Ways to Make it Cozy.

28. Become Your Biggest Fan

Sometimes, we find there’s no bigger critic than ourselves. Make this year the year to change all that and become the best friend you’ve always wanted. 

Monitor your self-talk and give yourself credit for everything you do right in the world. Recognize the small steps you’re making towards your goals and celebrate the wins. It’s a new routine that has a big payoff.

29. Make Time for Tea 

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Easy New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Making Time for Tea

There’s a reason the English value tea time: they know how important it is to add some simple pleasures to our days.  

Did you know that tea was so costly in the past that it used to be locked up in tea chests in the home?  

The keys to the chest were usually worn on a chain around the homeowner’s neck. That’s how valuable tea was.  

We take the ability to have tea any time we want for granted. Why not make room in your day for a simple pause?  

Adding a few sweet treats in addition to the tea will make it even better.

Hot Thai Coconut Tea is a cozy tea recipe you’ll love.

30. Laugh more

We all could use more laughter in our lives. Find ways to bring humor into the start of the year by watching funny television shows, movies, and even memorizing a clean joke or two.

31. Create Magical Moments

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Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas – Types of Goals that Create Magical Moments

You’re the author of your life. Some events happen to us that can weigh down our spirits.  

We can either accept that it’s our “lot” in life or do something to change it. New beginnings start with just one small step.

Adding more good things in your life is the best way to change direction. If you’ve had a bad day, finish the night off by doing something extraordinary for yourself. 

Look for the things in this world that give you pure joy and add more of them to your days.   

We’ve reached the end of Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas. I hope you enjoyed it. 

Let me know in the comments below how you liked the Hygge-Inspired New Year’s Resolutions post and if you included any of the ideas into your life. New habits are right around the corner.

Be sure to join our Creating a Cozy Life Facebook group. You’re not going to believe how amazing it is!

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Thanks for stopping by. I’m so happy you found us!  

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Cathie

Friday 29th of December 2023

Thank you for the cozy inspiration, Kelly! I love your articles :)

Kelly

Saturday 30th of December 2023

You're very welcome Cathie. Thank you for letting me know you liked the article. - Kelly

Jennifer

Thursday 28th of December 2023

Happy Holidays from Grand Bahama,

I really enjoyed the article. I'm going to implement some of these ideas into my days. I'm going to start with afternoon tea. What a great way to end the workday.

Best wishes for 2024.

Tamara Myers

Monday 27th of December 2021

Great ideas

Kelly

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

Hello Tammy! Thank you so much. Kelly

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