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016 - Gezelligheid: Creating Happy The European Way

Posted on February 6th, 2018

“The greatest ingredient for human happiness is being with other people.”

Gezelligheid is a Dutch word that relates to the heart. It encompasses the heart of Dutch culture. Val is currently visiting Haarlem in the Netherlands and experiencing Gezelligheid first-hand. It’s the effort people make to make others feel comfy, cozy and wanting to stay. It’s a lot like Hygge, but more social.

The concept is more about a feeling, rather than words to describe it. In this episode, Val talks about her experience with Gezelligheid and how we can apply it to our lives in North America.


How to say Gezelligheid

Gezelligheid vs Hygge

Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Jopenkerk Pub


Val Hemminger is a mother, lawyer, and person who loves to connect with other humans. For a daily dose of Your Family Village you can follow her on and on the Your Family Village Facebook page. 

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