Coorie Is The Scottish Lifestyle Concept That Will Make You Feel Amazing
Most of us have heard of the Danish concept of hygge, but there is another wellness trend from much closer to home.
Coorie is a Scottish word which traditionally means to snuggle or cuddle, but it has taken on a new meaning in recent years to become symbolic of the little things that make us happy - and it's perfect for the cold winter months.
Gabriella Bennett, author of The Art of Coorie: How to Live Happy the Scottish Way, said the word is used to describe a feeling of "cool, contemporary Caledonia".
At the same time, though, it celebrates established Scottish culture too. "One that looks forward while also paying respect to our oldest traditions," Bennett added.
In the book, Bennett explains that coorie is similar to hygge because it's about appreciating what we have around us and how to embrace the best of what Scotland has - and finding pleasure in the little things, such as rolling hills and stunning countryside.
The concept is also about appreciating the great outdoors - even when it's cold and raining, and wrapping yourself up before going for a crisp, wintry walk, or nursing a drink next to a roaring fire.
Ditching the stress and strain of modern life and replacing it with something simpler is the idea behind coorie.
Speaking to Metro, Bennett said: "Coorie is about learning to live better using what is around you. It's about drawing comfort from Scotland's oldest traditions and updating them for modern times.
"It's also about looking at how we buy, consume and spend our leisure time then trying to simplify the processes involved.
"A coorie way of life practises small, quiet, slow activities by engaging with our surroundings to feel happy."
Journalist Anna Pursgrove told the Daily Mail she discovered coorie when she moved from London to the Scottish Highlands.
"Coorie is about embracing all things Scottish in order to find a sense of deep happiness," she said.
"Swim in an ice-cold loch, climb a 3,000ft Munro, plunge headlong into a forest so vast that you could walk for days and never meet another soul.
"Finish that off wrapped in a tartan blanket with a bowl of traditional fish soup and that's coorie."
There may be a crossover with the Danish concept of hygge, as coorie is about feeling content in yourself and appreciating nature.
It also contains elements of the Nordic idea of päntsdrunk, an anglicised word for the Finnish pastime kalsarikänni, a term that literally means "drinking at home, alone, in your underwear".
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