Gemütlich is having a feeling of being comfortable, pleasant and cozy. Gemütlich is a German word that means homey, casual, social. Gemütlich is a combination of the German noun Gemüt (the total composition of the human psyche and spirit) and -lich which is equivalent to the English suffix -ly. Gemütlich entered the English language in the middle of the 1800s.
Gemütlich (pronounced guh–moot-lik) is really a rather beautiful word. It even sounds a bit like the coziness it invokes. I feel like gemütlich is an ideal Winter word since the cold, bareness of the season calls for self-made warmth and soft, pleasant comforts that invoke a sense of well-being. Gemütlich also means welcoming friendliness and who doesn’t desire that in any season?
This is such a lovely picture of gemütlich!
I have needed an atmosphere of gemütlich, since the start of this year hasn’t been the easiest. Our dear pup Pym passed away exactly 3 years to the day that our sweet Zaz passed, and while it was peaceful and She had led a full life, it still hurts in the way that losing anythings that you love so dearly does. Making my days feel as gemütlich as possible has helped the healing process a great deal and I plan to make this Winter as soft and warm and cozy as possible. How about you? How are you invoking a gemütlich feeling in your life?
Namaste ~ Ella
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