hygge (ˈhyɡə) noun: a concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing
I'm quite sure that I first read of hygge in this entry on Cornflower's blog. I began looking into the subject, and thought to myself, 'yes, this is it.' Here is my domestic life principle. This is who I am, a homebody who wants my home to be a comfortable and comforting place for me and others. I wrote about this a bit here, as I found that Laurie Colwin felt the same way.
I've preordered The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking, and can't wait to read it.
I've heard that hygge was on short list for word of the year 2016, but it was beat out by brexit.
The pronunciation is something like 'hooguh' said quickly.
You may find more about hygge in the following places:
A short, terrific video here. I think I could happily live in Copenhagen. She shows us that hygge is a concept more far reaching than simply the household sense of the word.
This should give you an idea, and if you are interested, there is much more online. Here are some hygge spaces in my house.