- A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
“We rented a cabin in the mountains to immerse ourselves in hygge for our anniversary weekend.”
“Nothing is more hygge to me than being under a warm blanket in front of a fire with my dog.”
“Some people experience seasonal depression in the winter, but I do all the things to bring on hygge instead.”
Why this word?
Get comfortable with this Danish word for “coziness.” Elements of hygge include sweaters, couches piled with blankets, candlelight, a warm pastry — basically anything involved with a cozy winter day. This holiday season, light a fire, grab a cup of cocoa, and settle in for a night of hygge. Hygge started out as a Scandinavian way of life, embracing comfort and small pleasures. The word “hygge” then entered English through Danish.
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