Cosy: Giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation – so says the Oxford Dictionary.. and I am inclined to agree with it. Although, it goes a little deeper for me. Cosy is my way of life.. a mantra.. and should really be my middle name.
The English word ‘cosy’ doesn’t actually cut it, however. The Danes have a beautiful word – ‘hygge’ – which we somewhat inadequately translate into ‘cosiness.’ Our word ‘cosy’ is used to describe something physical, like a soft blanket, some snuggly loungewear, (I love my hoody pictured above – it feels like being wrapped in cotton wool) a giant, soft cushion or a roaring fire in a corner of a country pub…while the word ‘hygge’ more describes people’s behaviour towards one another.
It is a sense of contentment, friendship, warmth and peace with your immediate surroundings; a deep sense of place & well-being. It’s the way we talk to each other, look after each other and feel within ourselves.
I love it. I feel it in the tips of my toes and I am grateful for it.
Have a hygge day.