Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas will help you come up with some thoughts of how to turn 2020 into an amazing year that transforms your life.
“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.” –
How many years did you make 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 hard. Still, if you start incorporating the hygge lifestyle – the payoffs will be immense, and they will give you the motivation to keep going on the journey.
Somewhere along the way, we’ve learned that “having more” isn’t better if it takes away the things that give us joy to get there.
Simple living is where it’s at. That much, I know. I think you do too, otherwise, you wouldn’t have found us.
There’s a reason the Danish are the happiest country on earth. They grow up learning how to hygge the right way.
The rest of us have to learn to add an element of the lifestyle here and there until we find our way back to living a life we love.
I put together some ideas to get you started on the journey. There’s no better time than the New Year to begin. Hygge-on!
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Here are the Hygge New Year’s Resolution Ideas:
1) Learn a new hygge craft.
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 down-time.
Plus, crafting is so relaxing. One of my favorite memories is of my cousin and I hanging out in my grandparent’s camper that was parked at their house.
We 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 “head” of the person, 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 those beans.
We never lost our sense of wonder or love of crafting. Life somehow got in the way. It’s time to bring back the cozy feeling of making things with our own two hands again.
Here are some fun ideas to get you started: calligraphy, rock painting, knitting, drawing, crocheting, baking, woodwork, painting, making your own beauty supplies, and candle-making are just some of the ideas you can choose from.
2) Find more meaningful ways to connect with others.
You can interpret this resolution in a lot of different ways.
Maybe putting together a book club with some of your friends sounds right up your alley.
How about taking turns with your friends hosting a potluck at your homes?
This resolution can also be about changing the way you interact with people that you meet along your path. Maybe it’s consciously finding a compliment to give to everyone you encounter throughout the day.
3) Start a new hygge morning ritual.
Morning is when the day starts. It’s so important to start it off right.
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 begin the day can change how the remaining hours turn out.
4) Limit the amount of violence you watch on television.
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 riddled with violence.
Limiting your viewing of negative things will help your outlook become just a tad more rosy, don’t you think?
Try it for yourself for one week and see if a shift in your perception occurs.
5) Eat dinner by candlelight.
Candlelight adds a bit of magic to your home. When you take the time to really enjoy your time with your family, you build precious memories that will keep you warm for the rest of your life.
An essence of peacefulness seems to wash over our souls when candlelight is added to our homes.
You can start by changing one night a week to a candlelight dinner and see if a positive change occurs.
6) Reach out to someone you lost touch with.
Is there someone in your past that meant the world to you that is no longer in your life?
Take the time to reconnect with him or her, whether you send a card, letter, send an email, or make a phone call.
7) Add hygge to your office.
Work…something most of us have to do. If your office is a cold, gray place…it can put a damper on your day.
Adding hygge 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.
8) Get rid of 365 things in your home that no longer serve you.
If you start on January 1st and vow to give away one thing per day, at the end of the year, you will have gotten rid of 365 items.
Trying to do that all at once becomes an overwhelming project. If you do one thing a day, it will be done quickly and pain-free.
I’m moving across the country next year, and I wish I had done this for the last few years. It would have made the move easier to handle.
9) Experience more sunrises or sunsets on your porch.
Two of the most beautiful shows on earth are right outside your front door. How often do we take the time to watch them unfold?
Probably not much. This year, make it a tradition to experience more of sunrises or 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 about something you’ve always wanted to know about.
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 top by the end of the year?
Use your commute time to listen to audiobooks, take classes in person, or online about the topic. Find a mentor to learn all you can from them.
11) Turn your garden into a little oasis.
Your garden can be an extension of your home and create a cozy feel too.
I think a beautiful garden is a must-have. It doesn’t matter if you only have a balcony to work with.
Transforming your outdoor space into something you love is time well-spent.
12) Attend one monthly community event.
Get to know your neighbors by attending some local events so you can meet like-minded people.
There are Meetup groups online, local Facebook groups, and community fundraisers that you can take part in.
I joined several local groups on Facebook that are in the city that I’ll be moving to next year. I already know several people in the groups, and it makes a move way less scary.
13) 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.
This year, make a decision to include more soup into your diet. It’s good for your body and soul.
14) Pencil in one day a month just for yourself.
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 taking a drive 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) Have a weekly board game night with family or friends.
Board games are a fun way to spend time with family and friends.
Did you see the movie “Game Night?” Was there a teeny 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) Do something nice weekly for others.
The world could use a bit more kindness in it I think. 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.
I totally love quotes. I’ve written quite a few posts on my favorite lists of quotes.
Words are an inspiration. Above my work desk, I have several quotes to remind me to stay the course. I have shiny object syndrome, so they help me focus on doing my best.
Poems add a touch of glamour to an otherwise typical day. As a bonus, they are one of those free things in life that can really add value to your outlook.
Whether you find a quote of the day or a poem of the week, making sure to immerse yourself in the richness of words will make 2020 a little more special.
18) Take more bubble baths.
A world filled with bubble baths makes it just a little bit more cozy.
Having the bubble bath supplies on hand makes taking time for yourself more accessible.
Make sure your bathroom has some luxurious towels, sugar scrubs, an inflatable pillow, a bath tray for reading, bubbles (of course), and a few candles.
You’ll be a different person when you step out of your oasis and go back into your busy world.
19) Start a journal.
A journal is something that is definitely worth the effort. It’s a safe place to release pent-up feelings and give birth to ideas and awakenings you have.
20) Find new ways to unplug as a family.
Make this year the year your family values experiences versus spending time online.
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.
21) Read more books.
Books are amazing because they can transport us to an entirely to a whole new world. They let us live in the life of other people and dip our toe into a different way of living, if only for a little while.
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 bit every day.
You might also want to reread your favorite books and enjoy the wonder of them once again.
22) Learn to say “no” to things that no longer add value to your life.
Saying “no” to things that don’t bring you joy is one of the best resolutions you can make. By doing so, it gives you the time to add the experiences you want to have instead.
If you’re a nice person, it’s hard to say “no” to those that need your help. But if you’re doing too much for others and not enough for yourself, you’ll burn yourself out, and that won’t be good for anyone.
23) Make more homemade gifts instead of buying them.
There’s a girl 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. For Christmas, she made gingerbread men 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 that comes from your heart instead of your wallet.
24) Go on a hygge-inspired date once a month with your significant other.
Making room in your life for one-on-one time with your significant other can be difficult to find the time.
Take turns planning your special monthly hygge-inspired date and have a little competition 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) Spend more quality time with your pets.
Since we’re on the topic of best friends, let us not forget about our fur-kids and all the warmth they bring to our world.
We have to remember that they need some of your undivided attention as well.
I like to give my dogs a daily walk and spent some time doing something that they love.
A couple of my dogs love to have their feet rubbed, while another one absolutely hates it. He would rather have a tummy rub anytime.
Spending time with your pets is a hygge activity that will bring you joy as well.
26) Create a magical movie night once a month with your family.
Host a monthly movie night. This isn’t your average affair.
Turn the lights down low, have everyone change into their pajamas, eat out of the slow cooker, and have plenty of blankets on hand for a cozy extravaganza .
27) Make a cozy corner in your home.
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.
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 all the things you do right in the world.
29) Make 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.
I’m all about tea. I drink it every day and love to experiment with different types.
Did you know that tea was so incredibly expensive in the past, that it used to be locked up in tea chests in the home?
The keys to the chest usually were 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 to your routine will make it even better.
30) Laugh more.
We all could use more laughter in our lives. Find ways to bring more humor into your day by looking at funny videos, movies, and even memorize a clean joke or two.
31) Create more magical moments.
You are 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 we can do something to change it.
The best way to change directions is by adding more good things than bad. If you had a bad day, finish the night off by doing something wonderful for yourself.
Look for the things in this world that give you pure joy and add more of them to your days.
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