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Hygge

By Beth Carpenter
Are you familiar with the word “hygge”? (Pronounced hue-guh.) I think I first saw it in articles from women’s magazines, and then it was on the label of a sweater my dog got for Christmas. So I looked it up.

I notice it’s a noun, a feeling. Coziness. Contentment. Comfort. It derives (according to a New Yorker article) from the Norwegian term hugga (to comfort), which is related to the English word “hug.” 


I think Rogers and Hammerstein may have captured the feeling when they wrote of “whiskers on kittens” and “warm woolen mittens.”
According to HyggeHouse.com, “It literally only requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present.”




It sounds rather “Heartwarming” doesn’t it? Yes, the Heartwarming line fits right into the concept of hygge. Home, family, relationship.

I know the characters in my current release, An Alaskan Proposal, are looking for hygge. Oh, they don’t know it at the beginning. Sabrina&#…

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