Hygge is part of the Danish soul. The word, pronounced a little like hue-gah, does not have a direct equivalent in the English language.
Hygge is usually somewhat inadequately translated as ‘coziness’, however, this is way too simplistic to capture what it really is…
‘Coziness’ relates to physical surroundings - a jumper can be cozy, or a warm bed - whereas hygge has more to do with people’s behavior towards each other and the feeling that it brings to you core being.
It is the art of creating intimacy: a sense of comradeship, conviviality, and complete contentment rolled into one, both as a group or when alone.
Hygge comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things extraordinary. It is about being present and recognising - and enjoying, the moment.
To have a hyggelig time is social nirvana in Denmark, but it is not solely a thing for the Danes. You can have a hyggelig time anywhere..
You probably already are! You might just not have the word to describe it…