The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge

The Danish Way to Live Well

Book - 2016
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The definitive guide to the Danish wellbeing concept, Hygge, from happiness expert and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen

The Danish word hygge is one of those beautiful words that doesn't directly translate into English, but it more or less means comfort, warmth or togetherness.

Hygge is the feeling you get when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, in warm knitted socks, in front of the fire, when it is dark, cold and stormy outside. It that feeling when you are sharing good, comfort food with your closest friends, by candle light and exchanging easy conversation. It is those cold, crisp blue sky mornings when the light through your window is just right.

Denmark is the happiest nation in the world and Meik puts this largely down to them living the hygge way. They focus on the small things that really matter, spend more quality time with friends and family and enjoy the good things in life. The Little Book of Hygge will give you practical steps and tips to become more hygge- how to pick the right lighting, organise a dinner party and even how to dress hygge, all backed up by Meik's years' of research at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.

This year live more like a Dane, embrace hygge and become happier.

The Sunday Times bestseller
The New York Times bestseller
Publisher: London : Penguin Life, 2016.
ISBN: 9780241283912
Branch Call Number: 158.1 Wik
Characteristics: 287 pages : colour illustrations ; 19 cm


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Jul 28, 2019

Nothing outside the things which are catching up in the common pop culture.
That said, the material can be culturally specific yet the author tries to make a case for more universal applications of the discoveries.
A light and easy read with some interesting mix of recipies in one of the chapters.

May 24, 2019

This is a nice book to have on your coffee table, but all of this information is easily found in one article search on google. If you’re looking for in-depth background/information, this isn’t the book for you.

Sep 15, 2018

Hurray for Hygge! This short book tells us how the Danish concept of hygge is about more than candles, blankets, warm lighting, and wood fires. It’s taking mindful pleasure in a cozy, congenial moment, whether in solitude or with family or friends, which is good advice for our frenzied lifestyles. Learn how to make your home more hygge and how to create a hygge moment. Candles are definitely recommended.

Sep 10, 2017

This book is precious. It describes hygge in a delightful and scientific (not pseudo intellectual) way and is full of great tips on how to appreciate every moment and make your every day life happier through emotions, feelings, texture and taste. I, for example, loved an advice to buy something you NEED and connect that purchase to a rewarding and warm feeling or experience. By doing that and surrounding yourself with things that you feel connected to (a (small) gift from your loved one or a friend; something you've been saving for for a while etc.), you'd feel positive energy flowing as soon as you wear or see those items. I concur about a tiny font size in this book - it was tricky to read - but do give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

May 15, 2017

A charming short read about hygge - and its relation to the Dane's consistently high rating of happiness in comparison to the rest of the world. The book is produced by the Happiness Institute - so there is decent social science as back up. I'm especially drawn to things that are hyggeligt - and always have been - and now I have a much better understanding as to why. Hygge might be a Danish word, but it touches on deep human needs and concepts in most cultures.

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