Years ago I came across the Dutch word Gezelligheid. It doesn’t really translate to English but it’s similar to our word “cozy.” I think it’s similar to Hygge, the word everyone is talking about. I wrote a lot about it in my book Renewed.
My favorite word for my whole life has been”cozy.” As of yesterday I’m 52 years old, so that’s saying’ something!
When my family and I went to Amsterdam after I wrote my book, and after my youngest graduated from college, we were sitting on the train and the newspaper had a headline with the word Gezellig. I asked a lady nearby what it said. She read the translation: “Train travelers want more coziness.”
That made my day.
On that same trip we were sitting on our hotel’s balcony overlooking the ramparts of Rothenberg, Germany, listening to music, sipping wine. I wanted to capture the moment forever. Suddenly, a woman, around age 30, opened the shutters. I asked, “Oh sorry, are we being too loud?” She breathed in the air and said, “No my girlfriends and I are having a self-care weekend.” Selfcare is the broad theme of my book. Another special moment.
In the short video below I talk about the book The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking.
What’s your favorite word?
What are some ways you create hygge?
*Update 4/18/17 Tsh Oxenreider’s newest book At Home in the World releases today and she’s asking people to share their stories about where they feel
Last week I spent 20 minutes creating a Hygge board in Pinterest. You wouldn’t believe how much joy it brought me.
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."