We want you to share thoughts, anecdotes, views or stories on a particular subject. Last week we asked: How do you hygge? Here are your replies.
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Being a mum to a toddler and a six-year-old, my time to hygge starts at night after the kids are fed and in bed. Curling up on the sofa (I don’t need a blanket for cosiness to kick in) with a warm Horlicks and catching up on some TV helps me experience ‘the present’. It’s the state of mind! I am not very fond of cooking, yet making simple cheesy pasta and digging into it in the tranquillity of my living room is ideal. My hygge has one condition: the kids should be asleep! Marryam Yasir
For me it’ s about acknowledging an everyday moment–for instance, celebrating a breezy Wednesday evening without waiting for it to be a birthday or special occasion–just because. Anita Govind Bhatia
Being a high school student makes my days very tiring. That is when I decide to hygge. For me, hygge is curling under the quilt in comfy clothes, with a good book and a doll to cuddle. A hot cup of green tea adds to the pleasure! That’s bliss. Parvathi Sreeraj (pictured)
Hygge? Really? Something that I infused into my life a few years ago – didn’t know there was a word to describe the mundane made merry. For me it is in the making of my bed. I look forward to pulling the sheets tight, fluffing out the pillows and putting that cover over them to make it all look perfect. Hygge is this morning ritual! Ivy Soares
Once I discovered the meaning of the exotic concept, I realised that I hygge practically every week! Every Thursday evening, to relax after a tiresome week, my parents and I gather in the bedroom and watch the latest movies online. My mother cooks up her delicious Indian dishes, and we snuggle up into the bed, cuddling cushions, our eyes glued to the screen. After these evenings, I always have this cosy feeling… and now I finally know what to call it. Hygge. Ananya Singhal
I would love to hygge with my family (husband and kids) near the beach with some music and dance, food and games. I would like to take this opportunity to express my feelings for them and also give them a nice gift. Seema Ismail
Though the word may be new to me, I realise that we have been cherishing [hygge] for many years together. We do it by getting close to our favourite people – energetic, witty, easy-going buddies – inviting them over for a karaoke get-together and singing our favourite Bollywood songs. The fragrance of Arabian bakhoor, the mind-boggling aroma of home-made biryani and the succulence of gulab jamuns are essential accompaniments. Namita Pawar
As it’s said, the best things in life are indeed free, but we fail to realise that. Thanks for such a lovely article. Shaima Rauf
I incorporated moments of pure hygge into my daily life a few years ago and feel deeply contented. Cuddling with my children, sharing warm beverages with them, art and craft activities… just a few on my list. I think it’s very important to literally stop to smell the flowers along the path. My husband and I enjoy our time with the kids a lot. We place a high value on quality moments rather than quantifying it. Urmila Santosh