Hygge is a Danish word defined as a quality of coziness and comfortableness that creates feelings of contentment or well-being. It can be an atmosphere that feels warm and cozy and makes you feel at peace. It is pronounced "hue-gah" or "hoo-guh."

Denmark gets dark for up to 17 hours a day during winter and their average temperature is only 32 degrees. It is safe to say they know what they are doing when getting through winters. Hygge can help with seasonal depression and help you find more joy in the colder months.

Here are some ways you can live a Hygge lifestyle this winter:

Make your home cozy by adding soft lighting, such as fairy lights or string lights.

Add candles for light and scent.

Whatever kind of fireplace you have, use it! If you don't have one, you can buy a small electric one.

Blankets are essential for warmth and coziness. Get different textured blankets and have them everywhere.

Make soup, pastas, and warm foods. Use your crockpot to make your home smell good while making an easy meal.

Try baking!

Drink plenty of warm beverages such as coffee, tea, mulled wine, spiced apple cider, etc.

Add plants to your living space to bring the outdoors in.

Wear comfy but cute clothes- get a matching pajama set, sweatsuit, etc. and fuzzy socks.

Practice self care- mediate, do facemasks, take a bath.

Find new hobbies such as reading, painting, writing, journaling, crafting, etc.

Have movie nights and watch new shows.

Read those books you keep saying you want to read.

Doing these, especially when it's raining or snowing, will help you release some of the negative emotions you have towards winter. This gives you a sense of comfortability. Practicing Hygge will help you get through the winter and help you feel more at peace.