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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
Learn English in September


mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
"The rest of the world seems to be slowly waking up to what Danes have been wise to for generations - that having a relaxed, cosy time with friends and family, often with coffee, cake or beer, can be good for the soul"

It's probably been around in Denmark for ages, but in the last few years it's become quite a fad. Hygge means 'cosiness' but in a wide sense. This video takes us to Copenhagen to explain Danish hygge.


However, there is debate over how exportable hygge is and it is suggested that it might not necessarily work in the UK, as people are too stressed to fully embrace the concept (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34345791). The Scots might be a lot more receptive to the idea though.


  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,890 ✭✭✭✭✭
    How interesting! I wonder if it works in Asian too. Will it stand for self-content eventually ?

    By the way, did she have to use that furry huge microphone?:D
    Maybe that's a hygge too.

    How do you think about it, @danielgoodson and your friend Kris?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    Well Feng Shui isn't exactly the same, but I suppose it's similar in that it is all to do with feeling relaxed @Shiny03. However I have to say, I find the Danes have got cosiness and style down to a fine art.
  • danielgoodsondanielgoodson Posts: 13 ✭✭

    Haha yeah, that huge microphone is just hilarious!

    I really liked the video clip. It is well done and the hygge thing is just amazing!
    I wish in our country would be such a thing like hygge!

    I will have to ask Kris more details about hygge :)
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,890 ✭✭✭✭✭
    hmm...nodding, so the point is to feel relaxed.

  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,890 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Agreed. it's amazing. @danielgoodson
    I thought you had this idea hygge in your country, because you live in a real hard-freeze country.:)

    Please share with us, if your friend says anything about it.:)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    For me, hygge is not just how you decorate your room (I have to have pictures, books, rugs and colourful textiles), but how you feel too. So a nice glass of wine, curled up preferably with the cat on your lap purring comes into it too.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,890 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I see. Thank you.:)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    From what I saw in Japan, I think there is quite a lot of hygge even if it is unrecognised or goes by another name. Or maybe that was just me @Shiny03.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,890 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Not sure what you said..hmm...let me think....
    Do you mean like these as seen below?

    Cat Café

    Capsule hotel with a library

    Maid Café (She'll spoon feed you your food.)

    Cuddle Café (It allows customers to take a 20-minute cuddle nap with a girl for $40.

    Moomin Café

    Is there any place you'd like to go?:)

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    The cat cafe for one @Shiny03. I think this is such a brilliant idea, especially for frustrated cat-lovers like me. I'd love to have my own cat but someone would have to be able to look after it when I'm travelling.

    I liked the capsule hotel with a library. The one I stayed in that is in Tokyo was okay, but probably was one of the first, so not very modern. There were no power sockets for charging phones and it smelled of stale cigarette smoke, even though people weren't supposed to smoke there. I went more for the novelty as the hostels in Japan are really good.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,890 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I agree with you that cat cafe is quite a good idea. We also have dog cafe, owl cafe( because of the affect of
    Harry Potter), reptile cafe (I'm not sure this is a good idea for me though.:))and so on.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    A dog cafe wouldn't be the best place for me either @Shiny03. But a reptile cafe would be okay.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,890 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Does it mean that you don't like noise?:)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    Especially those yappy lap dogs @Shiny03. No, I'm much more into the sound of cats purring. Now this for me is very hygge.

  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,890 ✭✭✭✭✭
    haha....hmm.....so adorable....I like to hear lions' too.:D
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    It is so relaxing, don't you think @Shiny03. And what a cute cat too. Meow!
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,890 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I can't agree with you more.:)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    I think these little Mongolian cats are the cutest too. They were obviously taken with the surveillance cameras.


  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 Inactive
    I hope those Mongolian cats are living happily.

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    Mongolian gets are quite hygge especially if it's cold and blowing a storm outside.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 904 Inactive
    @mheredge yes the Mongolians have a geat perspective on it
  • mounamouna Posts: 2,086 ✭✭✭✭
    Oh my God I don't support this a cat café ! !!!!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    Don't you like cats @mouna? I went to the nicest cat cafe in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. The cats there were obviously very well cared for and were very friendly.

  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 3,939 mod
    We have a cat cafe here @mouna! It's fab to see the cats wandering around playing, sleeping and interacting (or not) with us customers. There is some concern about them and I can understand why as there is no particular regulation of them yet but the one here in Nottingham is wonderful. Cats have space they can go to away from the cafe floor and there are strict rules about stroking, picking up and taking pictures. My favourite cat is Heathcliffe - https://kittycafe.co.uk/#cats

  • mounamouna Posts: 2,086 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm afraid from cats maybe it's a phobia.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 904 Inactive
    the private eye magazine had a great joke on hygge

    A great reason to read it is for its jokes
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    The Swedish have come up with an alternative word for hygge: lagom (pronounced: laaaw-gum).

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    The Danish ethos of hygge denotes momentary bliss and cosiness, but aims for contentment at specific moments. It seems tut the lifestyle industry has moved on however. The Swedish principle of lagom (pronounced: laaaw-gum) that focuses on moderation and balance has been crowned the next ‘in' word.


  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,788 ✭✭✭✭
    This article describes a list of hygge-type ideas that can make you happier.

    1. Ikigai (Japan - @Shiny03, @Yellowtail) which is described as essentially a person’s reason for living.
    2. Hygge (Denmark)
    3. Guyub (Indonesia) is a way to relate to one another in a community.
    4. Ho’oponopono (Hawaii) is the moral practice of engaging in corrective action.
    5. Fare la bella figura (Italy - @filauzio) is literally translated as ‘make a beautiful figure’, so fare la bella figura means to make a good impression.
    6. Gezelligheid (The Netherlands @Frank) captures a sense of well-being.
    7. Buen vivir (Ecuador) loosely translates to ‘the good life’ or ‘living well’ (Bon Viveur in French is similar).
    8. Tachles (Israel) sums up the Israeli mentality of getting to the point.
    9. Wu wei (China - @lisa) roughly translates as ‘without effort’, and is a Taoist concept that means allowing outside forces to work through you without pushing back against them.
    10. Pakikipagkapwa-tao (The Philippines - @kindgnice, @april) means relating to someone else as a fellow human being.

    What do you think? Do you think these terms have been explained accurately and do you practice them to make yourself happier? I personally like Buen vivir or Bon viveur myself.

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