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A better hygge

A variety of books on ‘How to Hygge’ are available in many bookshops.

Crossing the Culture Angeline Liles
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Waterstones Online declares that ‘if you’ve not found your hygge yet, we have plenty of lovely books to tell you how.’ The OED defines hygge as: ‘A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).’ Photos tagged ‘hygge’ (that’s pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) on Instagram often involve candles, porcelain mugs holding hot chocolate or tea, an abundance of blankets, books and soft lighting. Everything that makes you glad to not be outside in the frozen darkness of 4pm during British Winter Time.