1. Hot chocolate is clearly a must. Can you even be properly cosy without a steaming mug of it?! Make your own with this very special recipe …. ‘the best hot chocolate’ straight from the PFA HQ.
2. There is nothing more hygge than gathering together and hosting a games night. See ‘flying by the seat of your pants’ for a selection of crackers. Why not add some homemade popcorn to proceedings? Learn how to here.
3. Touch is seen as one of the primary ways of fostering and strengthening connection in a family. A fantastic way of nurturing our children is through massage. Our blog gives you the low-down as to why. Try out our massage techniques (showcased in the videos) to get extra cosy at bedtime.
4. Sing! (yep, you read that right!). Singing at family occasions is hugely popular in Denmark … and you can’t argue with the happiest nation in the world right?! So, try and incorporate more singing into family life, be it on car journeys or on the walk to school. Singing releases the happy hormones endorphins and dopamine so why would we not want to fill up our lungs and blast out a tune together? (If you love this, you must check out our HAPPY bundle).
5. Get outside and get cosy together. Wrap up warm, take a hand and go out exploring. Taking a mindful walk is a great thing to do together. Phones away and senses switched on. What do you see? Hear? Smell? And then you get to come home again and warm up with a hot chocolate. Win.
6. Get cosy in the bath. A fabulous way to round off the day is to have a bath together. No phones to distract you, a great chance to unwind and have a chat and a cuddle.
7. Plan a random act of kindness together. This is lovely. As a family have a think about an act of kindness you would like to do. Invite a neighbour over for tea? Donate to the food bank? Pick up litter? It can be anything really but you can share a sense of wellbeing and contentment over doing something selfless together.
8. Chat by candlelight. Many Danish people see candles as one of the key elements of creating a hygge atmosphere at home (they burn more wax than any other country in the world according to Wiking). So set the scene with some soft candlelight and have a chat. Here are some fun conversation starters to get you going …. ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ ... ‘what was the best thing and worst thing about today?’ … ‘what super power would you choose and why?’ … ‘what is the best gift you have ever received? And the best gift you have given?’ …. ‘What is your favourite book?’ … ‘describe each other in 3 words’ … ‘what is the hardest thing about being you?’ …. ‘where is your favourite place?’ … ‘what makes you feel happy?’ … ‘what is the most disgusting thing you have ever done?!’. You get the gist. Having an intentional time for a chat is a special thing.
9. Make a ‘family time jar’. Write on pieces of paper things you would like to do together. They can be as simple as ‘go to the park’ or more fancy like ‘visit a theme park’. Try and write down lots and then dip into the jar for an activity at the appropriate time.
10. Team building – this is very 'hygge' – as working together as a family is a big priority in Denmark. We have provided you with a fun scavenger hunt – why not make it into a team effort? Another great activity which fosters teamwork is creating an obstacle course in which everyone needs to help each other to complete it. It could include making tunnels out of your body to crawl through, wheel barrow races which need two people, balancing together. Whatever you fancy, just complete it together.