I first read about creating a "Hygge Oath" in The Danish Way of Parenting. The concept is simple: lay out some general rules that will contribute to good energy. These will be different for every situation and every family. For instance, Steve and I have a Sunday Hygge Oath at home. One of these is simply not to discuss any work! This helps us use the day to rest and prep for the busy week ahead.
I have written a Hygge Oath for our music studio, a workplace not only for us, but for the students, families and our co-workers. Having this list posted on the wall will help us all remember the Everyday Magic that can and will occur if we all follow the hygge code.
studio hygge code
- No media in the piano room aside from note-taking laptop
- Create a warm environment: Candles, warm socks, tea, and comfortable space
- Make a conscious effort to help others
- Leave all drama and ego at the door
- Focus on teamwork and "we" mentality
- Empower each other with supportive comments
- Reframe negative statements to focus on the positives
- Play games and cooperate as a group
- Smile and actively relax
- Focus earnestly on excellence that will enable future success
If you'd like to read more about hygge and how to create it, take a look at Jessica Alexander's article here.