- The Danish meaning of hygge. Hygge is as Danish as pork roast and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge.
- Hygge, is a Danish word roughly translated to English as coziness. As the Visit Denmark site suggests, it might contribute to a happier life. Making life intentional has something to do with Hygge. My personal feeling about Hygge is something about slowing down, paying attention to what makes you feel cozy, at home, staying with what has heart and meaning and making daily life sacred.
Making life intentional has something to do with Hygge. My personal feeling about Hygge is something about slowing down, paying attention to what makes you feel cozy, at home, staying with what has heart and meaning, and making daily life sacred.
I have always had a very close connection to Denmark and my friends there. I didn’t really know why, but seeing the video on Hygge on the Visit Denmark website, gives me an idea of my connection to that culture. I got to the site by way of someone who writes about their sacred journey. It is a bit religious and that is not my bent. But she offered up the link to “Visit Denmark” and I found Hygge. Who knew?
I can hear my Danish friends laughing at my pronunciation of hygge, having once been told I sound too perfect when learning to say Bussen gabte, which I was later told, means the bus yawned. A phrase that is so handy for travel, or really anything I am doing, anywhere, really!
Those were wonderful days, learning how to say Bussen gabte while attending European clown school in Blue Lake, California. Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, was the master teacher (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Mazzone-Clementi), and being there introduced me to some of the most creative people from all over the world. I was totally drawn to the students at the school who were from other lands and attached myself to the Scandinavians. They just seemed the most sane, even at a clown school. My attachment to one woman, Josefine, was deep, we were sure we were somehow related. Our relationship has endured, even with just a few visits and travels with our families, over many miles and waters. Being with my Danish friends and our families being together makes me feel full of Hygge. 🙂 .