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Maybe We Need More Hygge; Could We Soften Some World Problems With Danish Hygge?

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4 days ago in Family & Relationships by Virginia (6,430 points)

'The most alienated among us load up on weapons and express their soul-sickness in blood. Finland, Norway, and Denmark are not without problems, but researchers say what sets the happier nations apart is the premium their cultures place on time spent in...harmonious, intimate contact with friends and family. The Danes even have a word, "hygge," that describes these cozy, high-quality social interactions.'

http://theweek.com/articles/762397/americas-happiness-deficit

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HegeMarie 1 day ago

Hygge is an interesting word. We have it in my language too.

Often it can be translated cozy (hyggelig) or quality time (hygge).

But a hyggestund could also be spent alone; an evening in front of the fireplace with a good book and a blanket, with a raging storm outside can be hyggelig.

Good news are hyggelig, and receiving compliments too. 

A gesture can be hyggelig.

Even a warm person can be described as hyggelig.

Virginia HegeMarie 1 day ago

Very interesting, HegeMarie! And yes, this article does indicate there is no English word to translate "hygge" accurately...

I grew up among Scandinavians, it's my own heritage, and as I think of it maybe there was a certain spirit of warmth, conviviality, appreciation of life, that was quite wonderful. So I am glad to learn of words like hygge, hyggestund, hyggelig!

Rooster 3 days ago

I think you're right! Families here seem to spend more time on their phones than anything else. Shame!

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Virginia Rooster 3 days ago

Rooster you found an illustration! Remarkable!  <3

TheOtherTink 3 days ago
Yep, more hugs are definitely in order.  :)
Virginia TheOtherTink 3 days ago

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TheOtherTink TheOtherTink 3 days ago

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Virginia TheOtherTink 3 days ago

Tink!!! It's you! All she needs is, well, her horns and her skull-in-hand... ;)  <3

TheOtherTink TheOtherTink 3 days ago

No, no, Virginia, the horns 'n' skull stuff is only for adults... don't want to scare the kiddies.  :)

Virginia TheOtherTink 3 days ago

(sniff, snuffle) you mean...you mean...not even her fire-lined wings? ;):P 

TheOtherTink TheOtherTink 3 days ago

No,no,no... the fiery wings are only for telling dirty jokes.  :P :devil: :O :ermm: :) :D

Virginia TheOtherTink 3 days ago

Oh well okay then...we do NOT want to cramp the style of our Tink...crushing her...:devil:  <3  :sideways:

Rooster TheOtherTink 3 days ago

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TheOtherTink TheOtherTink 3 days ago

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Virginia TheOtherTink 3 days ago

Rooster and O'Tink, 's better!

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