Hygge sounds like my kind of thing. It sounds like big breakfasts, and getting snowed in, and the warm glow of Christmas lights. It sounds like the feeling I continuously try to cultivate in my writing and in my life.
A love of or need for hygge is an important part of the Danish psyche. Hygge is usually inadequately translated as “coziness.” This is too simplistic: coziness relates to physical surroundings — a jersey can be cozy, or a warm bed — whereas hygge has more to do with people’s behavior towards each other. It is the art of creating intimacy: a sense of comradeship, conviviality, and contentment rolled into one.
It’s the perfect description.