INTRODUCING HYGGE AS A CONCEPT OF “MINDFULNESS”: PIONEERING CONTRIBUTIONS OF DR. ABHIJIT RAMANUJAM

Raja Sadhu

Abstract


Hygge,” is not a common word in the English speaking countries. It is a Danish term defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Pronounced “hoo-guh,” the word is said to have no straight translation in English, though “cozy” comes close. It derives from a sixteenth-century Norwegian term, hugga, meaning “to comfort” or “to console,” which is related to the English word “hug.” Associated with relaxation, indulgence, and gratitude, hygge has long been considered a part of the Danish national character. In a 1957 “Letter from Copenhagen”, the writer Robert Shaplen reported that hygge was “ubiquitous” in the city: “The sidewalks are filled with smiling, hyggelige people, who keep lifting their hats to each other and who look at a stranger with an expression that indicates they wish they knew him well enough to lift their hats to him, too.”


Keywords


MINDFULNESS, Hygge, sidewalks

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