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Over the last decade, the Danish word “hygge” (pronounced hooga) has become popularized worldwide. It’s been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, and even the official Scrabble Dictionary. But what does it mean? And what does it have to do with our list of editors’ product picks for October?
There isn’t an English equivalent to hygge because it’s less of a word than it is a concept, representing the warm-fuzzy feeling of coziness, comfort, and calm. Think a room lit by warm twinkle lights, candles, and a fireplace; a mug of hot cider with a cinnamon stick; fuzzy socks, an oversized cardigan, and a plush throw blanket; reading a good book while snuggled up next to someone you love. As we move away from the hot days of summer into the peak of autumn, the air becomes more brisk, the sun sinks down earlier in the evenings, and many of us find ourselves settling in with the family as if we’re gearing up for hibernation. We love this time of year and are convinced that this month’s editors’ picks will help you live your best hygge life this October.