That’s Very “HYGGE”

According to Wikipedia, Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhɡə/ HOO-gə) is a Danish and Norwegian word which can be described as a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

The word “hygge” comes from a Norwegian word meaning ‘wellbeing'”. But it is also speculated that hygge might originate from the word “hug“. Hug comes from the 1560s word Hugge, which means ‘to embrace’. The word hugge is of unknown origin but is highly associated with an Old Norse term, hygga, which means ‘to comfort’, which comes from the word hugr, meaning ‘mood’. In turn, the word comes from the Germanic word hugyan, which relates to the Old English hycgan, meaning ‘to think, consider’.

In both Danish and Norwegian, Hygge refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow”. It is distinct from but very similar to the feeling and state referred to with the Dutch word gezelligheid.

The noun “hygge” includes something nice, cozy, safe and known, referring to a psychological state. Collins English Dictionary defines the word as “a concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing”.

To me, Hygge was last night at some friends’ house. There were a lot of people, some italian, some canadian, some whatever. There was very good food and very good wine. There was an amazing light and a panoramic view over the town. There was this crispy, windy weather, which made necessary for them to light on a fireplace. There were a few blankets on the chairs around the fireplace. There were night chats and falling stars over the dark blue sky full of stars. There was the dark profile of the mountains. There were lanterns and candles. There was a lot to say and very few hours to say it all. There was nothing fancy or posh. Just the things that really mattered.

Hygge to everyone! Have A Safe Journey!
Camilla

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