Roughly translated into English, hygge means coziness. But, Lose adds, “it’s as hard to define as it is to pronounce.” (“HOO-gah” gets you close enough.) To him, hygge is a combination of three factors: the space you’re in, the people you’re with and the intention “to create a sanctuary.” Nail the details, and it adds up to an all-encompassing sense of comfort and well-being. In Denmark, which boasts eight months of weather forecasts that might make you want to stay in bed, hygge has served as the ultimate coping strategy.
"Five Practical Ways to Reap the Cozy Rewards of ‘Hygge,’ Even if You Can’t Pronounce It" is from the January 25, 2017 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Vicky Hallett and narrated by Sam Scholl.