What is “Hygge” and why do we see this word everywhere?

Hygge is a special Danish word that is hard to explain and even harder to pronounce. The word Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo –guh’) roughly translates to ‘coziness’.  It may be hard to say, but that hasn’t stopped the Danish people to seek out hygge and to understand the longing for connection, contentment, and a feeling of ease with life.

As this tiny piece of Danish culture leaked out into the rest of the world, it’s entered the greater social consciousness. I first heard the word after my son spent time working and traveling in Denmark. He brought the word home with him. 

It’s a word that has no English equivalent, but its meaning is universal. The Danish used it to describe what they were experiencing or what they hoped to bring into their lives. This feeling of contentment is a central part of understanding our nervous systems and their yearn for context, connection, collaboration and choice.

This is the journey.  With the wisdom of our biology, we will learn how to bring hygge to life. 

Nancy Rubbico, LMHC

Nancy Rubbico’s mission is to make Polyvagal Theory accessible to all through her work with the Bocas Method. Her goal is to uplift and transform lives by fostering a deep understanding of the nervous system and its impact on behavior. With this understanding, individuals can be empowered to communicate more effectively, increase awareness of their choices, create satisfying connections, access more curiosity and openness, and increase their sense of compassion to overcome difficult situations. Interactions will be more effective and enriching.

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