Friday 19 January 2018

What 'hygge' is and why we've being doing it for decades

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Collete Fitzpatrick

It’s supposed to be cosiness. Think wearing cashmere socks and an oversized cardigan on a comfy couch, with massive soft cushions and a sofa blanket, a blazing, crackling fire, dim lighting and natural interiors. That’s hygge.

If I were to hygge this column, I’d wrap it up so it’s all toasty in natural fibres and pass it a hot drink. If I was to put a picture with it, it would be of a pair of hands holding a steaming cup of something.

I hadn’t heard of hygge until Sky News told me it was one of the words of the year, and that it was a concept – a Danish one loosely connected to the English word “hug”, meaning to cherish yourself. Not a noun, as such, and not an adjective. More a feeling.

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