Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word meaning “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Hygge has become a widely popular lifestyle, or practice, of being cozy. Winters in Denmark are long, dark and cold which leads to a lot of time indoors. That lengthy indoor time has inspired creativity to make the home a happy  and welcoming place.

Those long winters haven’t stopped the Danish people from ranking high up the charts as one of the happiest groups of people in the world. And writers have codified the “how to hygge” in many lifestyle books.

Apartment living and hygge go hand in hand. What can you do to create a snug, calm home? It doesn’t take much! Little white lights around a tall potted plant create a warm glow.

Try adding soft and comfortable blankets to your bedroom and living room for snuggling up with a warm cup of coffee on a Saturday morning or a glass of wine after a day at work. A few plump pillows to settle into are a nice addition on couches too. Light a few candles, grab the latest bestselling book or start the latest series on Netflix and settle in to practice hygge.

Want to involve friends and neighbors? Grab a deck of cards or a few board games and head to the resident lounge to play games in front of the fireplace. Spending time with friends and family is the important part and it doesn’t have to be fancy either. Having pizza delivered from one of the neighborhood pizzerias adds two elements of hygge to your evening, togetherness and good food.