WORD OF THE MONTH: HYGGE

5 steps to liv­ing your most hygge life.

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if 2016 was all about Marie Kondo-ing your life (throw away ev­ery­thing that does not “spark joy”; end up with noth­ing in your house but a Gucci bomber jacket and a pa­per crane your fifth-grade crush gave you), this year’s big “life­style” buzz­word is an ex­ten­sion of that... but snug­glier and with more hot choco­late. Hygge (pro­nounced “hoogah”) is a Dan­ish word that has been pop­ping up all over the In­ter­net, most fre­quently seen hash­tagged un­der a pic­ture of some­one’s feet in chunky-knit socks propped in front of a fire. It loosely trans­lates to “lux­u­ri­at­ing in be­ing cozy” com­bined with “cher­ish­ing down­time” and a dose of “low-key mind­ful en­joy­ment of sim­ple things.” Ba­si­cally, it’s like a bunch of re­cent trends (Hap­pi­ness! Ac­tual Net­flix and chill­ing! Fetishiz­ing all things Scan­di­na­vian! Slow liv­ing! Hid­ing from the world be­cause it’s im­plod­ing!) rolled into one con­cept that has for mil­len­ni­ums got­ten the Danes through those dark win­ters. They’re also the hap­pi­est peo­ple on earth. Here’s how to get in on that bliss:

1GO TO THE SOURCE. Pub­lish­ing books about the hygge life is turn­ing into a bit of a cot­tage in­dus­try among Danes keen to pros­e­ly­tize. Here are three es­sen­tial vol­umes to get you started. Con­ve­niently, read­ing is a very hygge thing to do. 1. The Lit­tle Book of Hygge by Meik Wik­ing. 2. The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thom­sen Brits. 3. Hygge: The Dan­ish Art of Hap­pi­ness by Marie Tourell Søder­berg.

2GET LIT. Do any read­ing on hygge and can­dles come up al­most in­stantly. Au­thor Meik Wik­ing says that 85 per­cent of Danes name them first when they play hygge-ob­ject word as­so­ci­a­tion. We rec­om­mend this su­per-cozy scented can­dle from Fox­hound Col­lec­tion, a small-batch fra­grance com­pany in Truro, N.S. ($18, fox­hound­col­lec­tion.com)

3GATHER THE TROOPS. Yes, you can to­tally have a hyggelit evening solo in your robe binge­ing on Black Mir­ror, but it’s a feel­ing best en­joyed with peo­ple you love. Bake some cook­ies to­gether while hav­ing a hygge­snak (chit-chat), go on a mulled-wine-fuelled stroll through the woods or watch all the sea­sons of Gossip Girl while do­ing fa­cial masks. (We rec­om­mend Skyn Ice­land.) But what­ever your pre­ferred bond­ing ac­tiv­ity, put away the phone and be (you guessed it) present.

4DRESS THE PART. There’s a Dan­ish word specif­i­cally for cloth­ing you wear when you’re get­ting your hygge on ( hygge­busker), so you def­i­nitely need some op­tions.

1. Flan­nel night­shirt, The Sleep Shirt ($327, at in­tothebed­room.com).

2. Sweat­shirt and track pants, Olivia von Halle ($1,425, at NET-A-PORTER. com). 3. Vel­vet robe, The Sleeper ($425, the-sleeper.com).

5MAKE THINGS MORE HYGGELIT. Add whipped cream to your co­coa, string up some fairy lights or wake up 15 min­utes early so you can sit at your kitchen win­dow and watch the sun rise—all sim­ple ways to em­brace this life­style. We par­tic­u­larly love the idea of im­bu­ing your break­fast with a lit­tle hygge by us­ing this

so Scandi Äg­gcød­dler, a ge­nius de­vice that lit­er­ally “cod­dles” your morn­ing eggs (plus what­ever veg/cheese/meat/spices you want). Just chuck it into boiling wa­ter and eight min­utes later it presents you with a warm and com­fort­ing meal. ($27 each, ag­gcod­dler.com) n

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