What is hygge?

This five-letter Scandinavian word is the epitome of warm feels

What is hygge?
Stars Insider

02/05/18 | StarsInsider


You know that feeling when you finally get into bed and relax after a long tiring day? To the Danes, this is "hygge." Remember that time you met up with longtime friends and ate your favorite food while reminiscing about fond memories? That's hygge! You know the days where you wake up late and have the whole morning to yourself? That is sweet, sweet, hygge.

It is pronounced "HOO-gah," and don't worry, most in the western hemisphere would undoubtedly pronounce it wrong. It is essentially a way of life that celebrates moments that are extraordinarily cozy, charming or special. You can experience hygge alone or with friends or family. It doesn't require you to buy anything or do anything in particular, it is just pure peace. Why doesn't the English language have this all-encompassing, joyful word? That's okay, the Danes are willing to share their warm and fuzzy-feeling vernacular.

Grab a cup of tea, that book you've been meaning to read, wrap up, and experience some hygge.


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