7. Drink cocoa
Preferably stirred slowly over a hot stove and made using fine, real chocolate, cream and milk, then decentered into big mugs and consumed in your cosy living room with friends. Mmmm delicious.
8. Don’t deprive yourself
Hygge is all about indulging in the good things in life, the things that make us truly happy – which, yes, often means eating cake and pastry. Well, we don’t mind if we do!
9. Get outside
Don’t be fooled, it may be chilly outside but there’s more to hygge than staying cooped up indoors. You see, it’s all about balance and living a good, healthy life – so exposure to nature is absolutely key. Going for a wellie walk wearing a warm woolly scarf with the wind whipping up your hair – that’s 100% hygge too (so long as you dive straight back to the sofa afterwards to enjoy a warming cup of cocoa).
10. Pick up a book
Although hygge encompasses a feeling of familiarity and togetherness, you can still achieve it alone. There are few things more hygge than cuddling up under a blanket and getting stuck into a proper, paper book – rather than the electronic kind. Is there anything more exquisite than that new book smell?
11. Put down the iPhone
Hygge is the antidote to modern life. It’s all about embracing these experiences fully and living in the moment, which is difficult to do when staring at a teeny weeny screen. So put down the phone and enjoy the feeling!