SAFE HAVEN

Prevention (Australia) - - Pulse -

It may be dif­fi­cult to pro­nounce (it rhymes with butch ap­par­ently) but the Welsh noun cwtch is a word you’ll want to add to your lex­i­con. With ori­gins in the Mid­dle English word couche, defining a rest­ing or hid­ing place, it was adopted into the Welsh lan­guage where it was first used to de­scribe a cup­board be­fore trans­form­ing into some­thing much more spe­cial. Although there’s no di­rect trans­la­tion, a cwtch is ba­si­cally a tight em­brace so full of af­fec­tion that it feels as though you’re buried in a se­cu­rity blan­ket, pro­tected from the world. The power of a cwtch is that it can trans­port you to a place of com­fort and warmth. So go out and cwtch a friend to­day.

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