How to Apply the Danish Hygge Concept to Cozy Up Your Workspace

If you’re seeking a calmer, happier mental state throughout the workday, start by taking a look at your workspace. Does your desk stress you out? Do you have reminders pinned chaotically? Is your space generally dreary?

If you answered yes to any of the above, don’t worry. There’s a Scandinavian design concept that just might save your workspace—and subsequently your mental state. Enter, hygge.

Never heard of it? The exact definition varies online, but the New York Times calls hygge the “Danish word for cozy,” and goes on to explain “it is also a national manifesto, nay, an obsession expressed in the constant pursuit of homespun pleasures involving candlelight, fires, fuzzy knitted socks, porridge, coffee, cake and other people.”

Our favorite take on the concept comes from Helen Russell, the author of The Year of Living Danishly, via Time. Russell declares hygge “complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming,” with a focus on togetherness and prioritizing the people in your life.

Out with the annoying, in with the pleasant? We’re down for that. Here are three ways to hygge your workspace and clear your mind.