News By/Courtesy: Gopika Sasi | 30 Aug 2020 17:05pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hygge is a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.
  • This word comes from Old Norse word, “hugga
  • The most important thing is that hygge is the feeling, not the cause

Hygge is a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. It is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charm, or special. It’s when you’re cozy and you feel good about it. 

You've experienced hygge, without even knowing it, if you've ever enjoyed reading a book indoors on a rainy Sunday or had a cup of hot cocoa. The word hygge’s closest translation would be “coziness,” but it means a lot more than that. The word “hygge”  is pronounced as “hue-gah. It can be used as an adjective, a verb, and a noun. There is nothing fancy, expensive, or luxurious about hygge. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Cozying up with a loved one for a movie, that can be called hygge, too. 

 

This word comes from Old Norse word, “hugga". This means to comfort or console. It is all about warmth, comfort, and closeness – all the feelings you get from a hug. You can just have a good meal, or have a nice cup of tea or, use warm slippers to achieve hygge. The most important thing is that hygge is the feeling, not the cause. [iii]

 

  • Hygge promotes exercise. It isn’t just about sitting around a fire and chatting. Hygge also encourages exercise as an enjoyable activity and not a chore. And if you exercise outside, such as going ice skating or hiking, you may experience lower stress levels and an increase in self-esteem.

  • Hygge reduces stress. A recent survey found that people from Sweden, Denmark, and Finland were the least stressed of the 36 countries surveyed.

  • Hygge reduces obesity. Despite the mentality of enjoying the good things in life without feeling guilty including beer and sweets — in Sweden, the proportion of adults who are obese is 14 percent, compared to Britain’s 27 percent.

 

The emotional benefits of hygge includes:

Emotional Benefits:

Increased feelings of self-worth

A greater sense of mindfulness

Less depression and anxiety

Increased practice of gratitude

Lowered stress

Improved self-compassion

Increased optimism

 
This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 31 Aug 2020 9:00am IST


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