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NATURE WATCH: Frigid Air Outside, Cozy Inside


by Nona Estrin


great mass of frigid air settles over us. Even small tasks outdoors become more challenging. Being inside takes on new meaning. It’s nothing short of miraculous that we can be inside, warm, and buffered against such terrible cold. But it’s more than simply warmth. In Denmark and other northern countries there are actual words to describe gratitude that one may feel, well-being reserved for coziness, alone or especially between friends and family. In the grip of cold it’s a mental thing — boreal bliss — or in Danish, “hygee”. Now there’s a word I would like to understand better!