Last week I wrote about hygge, a Danish concept that relates to the importance of having relaxed, easygoing time with friends.
Of course it’s easy to just say that we should spend more time with friends. Putting it into practice, however, is a different matter entirely. How does one begin to create such relationships if they have never done so?
Here are 9 tips to help you create hygge over summer and throughout the year.
Go on a hike
Like being outside? Take some loved ones on a hike. Go somewhere you know and love, or challenge yourself to find a new favorite hiking spot!
Perhaps hiking isn’t quite your thing. That’s ok. There are plenty of other ways to explore your area. Go downtown and find a cute art store. Check out a restaurant based solely on the Yelp reviews. Go online and find a “top things to do” list for your city, then check a few things off the list. With a little bit of creativity, the possibilities are endless.
Go geocaching or hunting for Munzees
If you prefer to have specific things to look for when you’re exploring, this is a good alternative. My husband and I have gotten into finding Munzees when we travel and it’s a great way to spend time together, see the city, and have fun!
Visit an outdoor theater.
Personally, I prefer outdoor movies to outdoor theaters, although outdoor movies are generally only done in the summer months. Outdoor theaters usually operate year-round, making this a better choice during the cooler months. Grab a few friends, pack a cooler and some lawn games, and most importantly, have fun!
Have a picnic
If you can’t find an outdoor movie that works with your schedule and interests, try just packing a picnic lunch or dinner and going to the park. You’ll get to people-watch to your heart’s content, and if you’re lucky you may even stumble on a local festival.
Clear your calendar
Sometimes it’s nice to just have a lazy afternoon. No plans, just people you care about and lots of time. As busy as most people are, you might have to schedule this well in advance; but hopefully it’ll be well worth it.
Get some friends together for an afternoon or evening of playing games. We do this once a month and it’s something I look forward to every month.
I’ve cooked together with many people, from my husband to my friends to people I just met that day. It’s always a blast. Plus, you get to enjoy the tasty fruits of your labors together afterwards.
Leave your phone behind
Most importantly, whatever you decide to do, leave your phone behind as often as you can! While very useful at times, phones can also be a huge distraction. The easiest and best way to plug into the people around you is to unplug from the distraction of your phone.
If you have any other suggestions, please let me know in the comments!