Ah, love. There’s nothing else quite like it. It cuts the amount of daily headaches in half, it’s chemically addictive and it helps you live longer. With facts like that, it’s easy to understand why everyone wants a piece of it.
Love is the most compelling emotion in the human psyche, leading many to act illogically and excessively. As the saying goes, people do crazy things for love. However, should your Valentine’s Day really be that crazy? Reject the notion of sheer irrationality and spend the holiday in a meaningful way with a hygge date night.
You may be wondering what is (or even how to pronounce) hygge. Hygge [hoo-gah] is a Danish lifestyle that fosters the principles of coziness, contentment, and companionship. Considering Valentine’s Day is in the middle of February, this may be effective to beat the chill of going outside and spend meaningful, quality time together as a couple.
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day without having anything go off with a hitch by using hygge to avoid these top mistakes.
Mistake #1: Being Too Over the Top
While It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the most iconic movies of all time, you should think again before offering your significant other the moon on Valentine’s Day.
Forgo lavish gift giving and fancy dinners to get back to the basics of what it really is that drew you together in the first place. Not only could you strengthen your relationship with hygge, but you may also save some money while you’re at it. Contemplate spending the money saved to invest in something that is mutually beneficial.
Use the extra funds for hygge-esque accouterments such as cozy pillows, blankets or throws that you can enjoy together. If you usually go big for Valentine’s Day in terms of dough, plan a big purchase such as a new mattress or sofa. Look online at affordable options for a bed in a box to take advantage of a gift that keeps on giving – in more ways than one.
Mistake #2: Planning Too Much Activity In One Evening
Have you ever been so excited for an evening full of plans only to be disappointed by the end of it? Don’t let this happen to your Valentine’s Day.
Hygge values simple pleasures and genuine satisfaction. Incorporate this into your evening by planning a date night in. There are plenty of ideas to consider when practicing hygge.
Cooking dinner together, cuddling on the couch, watching a new TV show or simply gazing into each other’s eyes are more than appropriate when loving with hygge.
Mistake #3: Getting Distracted By Outside Factors
Spend your Valentine’s Day with minimal distractions. In today’s world, it’s so easy to get lost in the latest technology or the newest, shiniest toys. Put your phones, laptops, tablets and any other smart devices away for the evening to practice true hygge companionship.
It’s great to share amazing things in your life with others so, if you choose, wish your S.O. a short and sweet V-Day on your desired social media channels and then put devices to the wayside.
It’s easy to lose yourself in the vast array of updates and notifications. Just remember, people are sharing their tops moments or highlights in their lives on social media. While the grass may look greener on the other side, there’s nothing quite like hygge-ing your way to a cozy evening with your one true love.