The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge

Danish Secrets to Happy Living

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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2017]
UK : Penguin Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2017
@2016
ISBN: 9780062658807
Branch Call Number: 158.1 WIK
Characteristics: ix, 221 pages : color illustrations, color maps 19 cm
287 pages : color illustrations, color maps 18 cm

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taylorwoods
Sep 23, 2017

The only way I can describe this book is that I was definitely born the wrong nationality and should've been born in Denmark. These people actually embrace the introvert wet dream- candles, sweaters and cardigans, delicious food and sweets, coffee, Christmas, and socializing in small groups. What more could I ever begin to ask for?

Cynthia_N Jun 03, 2017

I've already been practicing hygge and I didn't even know it! It's all about coziness and comfort. Candles, not so bright lights, yummy foods, a few good friends, soft blankets, good books, etc. Quick comforting read that gave me even more ideas to make my life even more cozy!

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Miller0111
May 13, 2017

Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) is a lifestyle in Danish culture emphasizing the enjoyment of the simple life, in the warmth, comfort and security of the home, and embracing a sense of togetherness with others. When we think of hygge, we may picture a nook piled with cushions and blankets by a warm fire where one can curl up with a hot beverage and a good book. This is hygge. The sharing of a meal with friends can also be hygge. Candlelight or firelight is definitely hygge.

I was curious about this latest craze in the self-help genre that more recently brought us "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo, which focused on self-actualization by surrounding oneself with the things we really care about and/or need and chucking the rest. Before that, it was something else, and after Hygge, there will be another cultural appropriation as a means of selling the public with the secret to happiness.

Today, it's a healthy dose of hedonism with hygge. Perhaps I have some Danish in my background (my husband certainly doesn't) because we are both already practicing hygge without giving it a proper name. Valuing simplicity, quiet, comfort, taking enjoyment in good foods and spending time with close friends, or reading a good book or being in nature. Where we've failed is in the completely absence of candlelight. I'd like to see a book on hygge adequately explain how to keep a large cat away from a 12-inch taper lit candle. Until then, I'm inclined to think what I did before.

It's another philosophical line of self-help books that is total bosh.

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LeighPKC
May 05, 2017

Sweet book. I read it with a grain of salt- actually many grains. It's a great idea, but all hygge all the time makes Meik a dull boy. I love some hygge- curled up, under a blanket with a good book, or just staring out the window at the trees and appreciating the moment... but when he asked me to close my eyes and think of my happiest moments- they were moments of joy and excitement- not necessarily contentment. So, I think a little balance is in order.

Also- candles. Nope. Sorry. Lost me there. See this one time, we had a candle burning and our cat, Moe walked by and his hair lit on fire. Luckily, my husband saw it and rushed to put out the flames. The cat was fine. We called him "Flaming Moe" (if you're an ardent Simpsons fan, you might get that joke) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming... - and he smelled like burnt hair for several days. So, candles are out of the picture for me.

Some things I loved from the book:
Being reminded that it's the process that counts as much, or more than the final result. And an object that has memories behind it of who you were with when you made it or acquired it can add to your happiness and gratitude.

There were also some really funny parts. Like when he wrote: Think of furnishing your room the way a Viking squirrel would- that made me laugh pretty hard.

So, read it. With some salt handy.

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amberwench
Apr 18, 2017

Beware of tiny print! For those readers waiting for the large print edition of this book, I suggest checking out OPL's copy of 'A year of Living Danishly' by Helen Russell.

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stephaniedchase
Jan 09, 2017

A little charmer of a book, which suffers only from being a little overlong due to repetition. It would make a perfect gift.

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