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The Danish have a season known as “Hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga) which comes from the Norwegian word for “well-being”. In English, it roughly translates to coziness. Hygge is how the people of Denmark get through the long dark winters by essentially living well and bringing warmth and comfort into their lives. Lighting candles, drinking mulled wine, wearing wool socks, these are all Hygge ideals.
Living in a northern climate, the long winter season can seem dull and grey, and is therefore the perfect time to embrace a zen-like concept of Hygge. Relax and cozy up with a book, with a special person, with a pet. Take a nap, meditate, do whatever brings you comfort. Have your own happy Hygge season, and just remember that Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the happiest places in the world, so they might actually be on to something!