The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

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HarperCollins, Jan 17, 2017 - Self-Help - 240 pages
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Embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and become happier with this definitive guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.

Why are Danes the happiest people in the world? The answer, says Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is Hygge. Loosely translated, Hygge—pronounced Hoo-ga—is a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. "Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience," Wiking explains. "It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe."

Hygge is the sensation you get when you’re cuddled up on a sofa, in cozy socks under a soft throw, during a storm. It’s that feeling when you’re sharing comfort food and easy conversation with loved ones at a candlelit table. It is the warmth of morning light shining just right on a crisp blue-sky day.

The Little Book of Hygge introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish life, and offers advice and ideas on incorporating it into your own life, such as:

  • Get comfy. Take a break.
  • Be here now. Turn off the phones.
  • Turn down the lights. Bring out the candles.
  • Build relationships. Spend time with your tribe.
  • Give yourself a break from the demands of healthy living. Cake is most definitely Hygge.
  • Live life today, like there is no coffee tomorrow.

From picking the right lighting to organizing a Hygge get-together to dressing hygge, Wiking shows you how to experience more joy and contentment the Danish way.

 

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

Cute. The main part of the book is all about 'cozy' and how to achieve it. I'm amazed that readers don't already know all the basics. The last part of the book does talk about the country's universal ... Read full review

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User Review  - Arkrayder - LibraryThing

This was a great little book. It's one I'm going to give a really good effort to follow. Who doesn't want happiness in their lives and the principle behind Hygge (hoo-ga) appeals to me. Family, friends and the simple things are all central to hygge. They are all central to me. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
WE NEED TO TALKABOUT HYGGE
FOOD AND DRINK
CLOTHING
HYGGE OUTSIDE THE HOME
HYGGE ON THE CHEAP
CHRISTMAS
SUMMER HYGGE
HYGGE AND HAPPINESS
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Meik Wiking is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, research associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, and founding member of the Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies. He and his research have been featured in more than five hundred media outlets, including The Washington Post, BBC, Huffington Post, the Times (London), The Guardian, CBS, Monocle, the Atlantic, and PBS News Hour. He has spoken at TEDx, and his books have been translated into more than fifteen languages. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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