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K-State Today

December 20, 2019

Ernie the elf visits HDFS hygge during dead week

Submitted by Elaine Johannes

Ernie the elf from the K-State Alumni Assoc. enjoyed the HDFS hygge

The end of each semester is often stressful for students and for faculty and staff.

The Human Development and Family Science, or HDFS, unit of the School of Family Studies and Human Services, College of Health and Human Sciences hosted a no-stress hygge in Justin Hall during dead week for HDFS students, faculty and staff with food, hot drinks, cozy blankets, a quiet space and a friendly face without expectations.

Hygge is a Danish word for comfort, coziness, and absence of frustration and stress. Fifty-eight HDFS students and 15 faculty and staff enjoyed the stress reduction that hygge provided. Students remarked that stopping by for refreshments without feeling rushed or being reminded of schedules and assignments was really appreciated. 

Ernie the elf of the K-State Alumni Association visited the HDFS hygge on Friday afternoon to catch his breath before moving on to his next stop. HDFS hygge will return in May near the end of the spring semester.

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