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You’ve probably heard about the Danish mega-trend hygge, but have you heard about its Scottish cousin, còsagach? An old Scottish word for warm, snug and sheltered, còsagach (pronounced coze-sa-goch) describes the feeling of coziness (is there anything cozier than warm spiced cider?) and contentment—and it just happens to be 2018’s biggest trend, according to the tourism site Visit Scotland.
Much like hygge, this trend focuses on fostering intimacy with friends and family, cultivating cozy environments and taking pleasure in the simple things in life. Achieve it by doing the coziest things you can think of, like staying inside by the fire with a good book, wearing thick wool sweaters and socks and preparing a slow cooker recipe to fill your home with delicious smells all day long. (Check out these ultra-cozy slow cooker soups.) Here are a few tips to get started.
Take time for yourself
According to Visit Scotland, the country’s “tranquil landscapes, stunning natural beauty, vast open spaces and famously welcoming people” make it “the perfect place to recharge the batteries and enjoy some ‘me-time.'”
With a focus on self-care, còsagach encourages you to slow down and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Winter can be a gloomy time of year, and taking time to delight in the little things can boost our happiness.
Enjoy the outdoors
Nature also plays an important role in còsagach, which makes sense, since Scotland is home to “breathtaking scenery, which looks especially magical in the winter months,” according to the tourism site.
Swapping the hustle and bustle of everyday life for time outdoors sets the stage for còsagach. Taking in gorgeous natural landscapes and enjoying outdoor activities is satisfying on it’s own, but there’s also nothing better than coming in out of the cold. Once you’ve achieved that tired-yet-content feeling after a day-long outdoor adventure and you’re curled up by the fire with a drink in hand—that’s còsagach.
Connect with your people
Eating and drinking are also important parts of còsagach, and there’s nothing better than sharing a meal with your friends and family. Whether you’re lingering around the dinner table or enjoying drinks in the local bar, connecting with your people fosters contentment and happiness.
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Even if còsagach is the latest marketing ploy of Scotland’s tourism board, it’s a trend we can get behind, whether we’re hiking the Scottish highlands or just sipping a cup of cocoa at home after a long day.