Given the times, it is a good idea to think like the Danes. They seem to know how to handle things. MK and I were laughing that we have been doing things like this for years and just didn’t know that we were doing it or rather that we were doing something useful and cool. It is called, ‘hygge.’
“The Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 “word of the year” shortlist was heavy on neologisms that one wishes didn’t have to exist: “alt-right,” “Brexiteer,” and this year’s winning term, “post-truth.” Among the finalists, though, there was one bit of solace: “hygge,” a Danish term defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Pronounced “hoo-guh,” the word is said to have no direct translation in English, though “cozy” comes close. It derives from a sixteenth-century Norwegian term, hugga, meaning “to comfort” or “to console,” which is related to the English word “hug.” Associated with relaxation, indulgence, and gratitude, hygge has long been considered a part of the Danish national character.”
As I sit on this cool and gloomy Sunday morning near the empty fireplace, the candles are on the mantel and we have our wonderful ‘Yeti’ stainless steel mugs of café au lait that we are savoring as we read.
My feet are up on the Ottoman and I am doing my best to find that Zen moment as I listen to the ticking of my beloved grandfather clock. It is relatively quiet and peaceful and I am trying to figure out how to work into my day. I think the Danes have something. I need that now, more than ever!