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The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge

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In today’s world, we’re constantly rushing from one thing to the next and are struggling with information overload. We’re more disconnected from ourselves and our loved ones than ever before. Rediscover the joy of the simple things through the Danish concept of Hygge in The Cozy Life. This book will inspire you to slow down and enjoy life’s cozy moments!

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Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published April 4th 2016
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Dana
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet little book that you can read in about an hour and will help you incorporate the concept of hygge into your daily life. “These pages hold the ingredients for creating a richer and deeper experience in everything we do. So if, perhaps, you want to wrap yourself in a lifestyle that feels like a warm hug, then this book is for you.”

I realize, after reading it, I have been hygge-ing most of my life! It’s about surrounding yourself with people and things you love; making your home you
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Penny Watson
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Got the paperback.

I am obsessed right now with the Danish concept of hygge. This book is adorable. It has suggestions for incorporating hygge into your life in every way...through food, activity, rituals, self-reflection, and establishing traditions that focus on simple pleasures.

I also love the minimalist component.

Lovely book and inspiring concept for life!
Klinta
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book more or less repeated the same things the previous Hygge book told me, but in less exciting and less cozy way. The two main takeaways for me from this book was:

1) The thing all Danish wanted me to learn to say - "rødgrød med fløde" and when asked what it means couldn't explain and just said that it is "food with berries and cream". Yeah, that thing. That thing is "ķīselis" - one of my favourite foods I had as a child. Finding this out really was mind-blowing. And the only reason I foun
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Amanda
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third and probably last book about Hygge I've read. After reading the first one, I wanted to get some alternate viewpoints based on some of the reviews. This one looks self published and is definitely the lower physical/professional quality of the three. I mainly picked it out because it had the most holds at my library of all the Hygge books. The main thing that I gained from reading three books on the subject is that everyone's hygge is a little different. Some focus more on social connect ...more
Leesa
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
HYGGE ALL DAY EVERYDAY. Favorite and this book is adorable w/the sweetest little drawings. Srsly cute cute cute and cozy cozy cozy and love love love.
Chelsea
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, lifestyle, nonfic
Marketed as "the first ever book written about hygge," I expected something quite a bit more...substantial. I suppose my expectations were a little too high and I probably shouldn't have assumed that just because it is, apparently, the FIRST one written (according to whom? Any evidence?), that it would be that much better compared to the loads of others that have been written since. I had a couple big issues with this book that in the end left me with more questions than answers.

The author is ha
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Peggy Chan
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The writer tells us what Hygge is and how to apply the concept of Hygge in our lives so that we can lead a minimalist life that is uncluttered. Reading this book gave me a feeling of comfort and I found it very pleasurable. She gives many tips on how we can make our lives more enjoyable by creating a Hygge home.
Megan
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. It was a cute book, and I like the hygge concept, for certain! That said, the content was a bit repetitive (lots of talk of candles) and could have been whittled down further. More personal stories about hygge in Danes' lives would have improved things, but overall a pleasant and fun read.
Felicia
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I may have to rename my "cozy blanket reads" shelf to "hygge reads" because that totally encompasses what a cozy blanket read is for me. I'm so enamoured with the concept of hygge, it totally fits my aesthetic and the desires of my heart :) The writing is very simple but that works for the concept of this book as well.
JanB
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
It seems I'm hearing about the Danish concept of Hygge everywhere these days. So when my GR friend (thanks Dana!) gave this such a great review I picked it up. I'm so glad I did. The Danes are said to be the happiest people on earth and Hygge is what helps get them through the long dark winters.

Hygge is about discovering the joy in simple things, and being more mindful and intentional. It's about being instead of having. At my age this resonates with me. I regularly purge and feel a strong desi
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Hope
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
“Hygge was never meant to be translated; it was meant to be felt.” - ToveMaren Stakkestad

Nevertheless, Pia Edberg does her best to explain it. She sums it up as “the joy in simple things.” It’s joy in relationships. It’s coziness, homeyness, and contentedness.

"In a big departure from modern culture, we intentionally enjoy the domestic and personal aspects of life. It’s really about simplicity."

Edberg says the Danes have perfected the art of hygge because they are less materialistic than other c
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Nadya De Angelis
Oct 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
The only good thing about this book is that it is very short. It is filled with banalities, generalisations and clichés. You want hygge? Just take a bath, have some tea, call a friend or grab an ice cream. Or find another way to make yourself comfortable.
LeAnne
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2017
I'm so intrigued by hygge. Reading this book i discovered that I do a lot of these things already. For me, it's about slowing down, putting down my phone, and making people a priority. I want to do that more this year. This book also inspired me to declutter, which is something i really need to do.

Glad this was my first book of 2017!
Rebekah
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A sweet book about creating and treasuring moments with family, warmth, good food and drink, that sort of thing. nice to know there's a word for it!
Jen
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A small, cute, cozy, adorable book. I grabbed a handful of Hygge books from the library to help me survive these dark days of winter and I loved this one! The Cozy Life was informative, helpful, and made me feel cozy just reading it.
Stephanie
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I've been interested in the Danish concept of hygge for awhile now but wasn't sure which book to pick up (there have been SO many "how to hygge" books published in the last little while!) When this one showed up on Kindle for $4.99 I decided to give it a go.

This was an incredibly fast read - I have a newborn and was able to finish it in one sitting. It reads more like a collection of informal blog posts than it does deep, thought-provoking non-fiction but that's okay. I was looking for a brief
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Lori
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, lifestyle
This is a very quick read on a lovely topic. The author's interview with her Danish father about his impressions of hygge was interesting, but the rest of the book is filled with superficial, familiar tidbits: take a hot bath, wear a cozy sweater, enjoy a latte with friends.

I appreciated the information about hygge but finished the book still wanting some deeper or more meaningful insight into hygge. This reads like a string of hastily written blog posts; not bad, necessarily, but I'm not sure
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Keishua
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
such a great book to remind one to slow down and savor. lots of good tips for any time of year.
Courtney (Cozy Little Lady) Pletcher
I thought that this was a preciously charming read about cultivating more cozy into your life!
Lapassehistoire
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Coziness & well-being lover
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I have Swedish and Polish origins: countries where winter is long and rough, so I bathe in a "hygge" universe since childhood! I'm particularly sensitive to this cozy atmosphere, turned towards the well-being, that's why I enjoyed so much this book. I didn't learn much but I recommend it if you want to discover this way of life and improve yours!

+ : it's a feel-good book with very simple advices to apply and often not expensive (even free), the pleasure of reading my daily lif
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Teresa
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Another book about positive over negative, comfort in oneself, your surroundings, your life, minimalism, being cozy, slowing down, being mindful in our daily lives. It was a nice Danish insight into what is Hygge, the development and how to create Hygge in your own life. I've read the Swedish version and several American versions, avoided the Japanese version and pretty much got it now. In fact, I could probably write this book. I will say, it's a good reminder for us to slow down and create the ...more
Jill
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a sweet, simple introduction to the concept of "hygge." It's a short book and a quick read, but I enjoyed meandering through it a little more slowly than I normally would a book this size. I don't know that I learned anything new about hygge, but I did pick up some practical tips for incorporating more hygge into my life. I think that I will now skim through the book again and try incorporating different aspects of hygge into my day (otherwise this is just going to plant in my brai ...more
Melanie
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A great book on returning to the simple life based on the happiness of the Danish people. Pronounced Hoo-gah, it focuses on cozy activities, well-being, intimacy, warmth with yourself, candles, blankets, fireplaces, picnics, etc. Since my husband works with a Danish company and I've been to Copenhagen twice with him (in a brutal winter and a beautiful fall). In our world of excesses and high-tech, this little book reminds you to focus on the little things. Similar to the minimalistic movement an ...more
Bridget Hanks
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A super quick read, full of hygge. If you're new to the concept, it's full of gems, but for me, it didn't contain very much that was new or inspiring. I've pretty much been aggressively pursuing cozy for years. I'm part Danish, so I'm eager to try some of the recipes and get in touch with my heritage. And while I've been practicing some parts of hygge for ages (coziness, simplicity, tea, etc) I haven't been as faithful to say, take long walks in the cold. I'll have to get up the courage to do th ...more
Holly
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book which covered the history of hygge and offered practical tips for how to incorporate this concept into your daily life. I wish I could say I felt inspired to live a more hygge lifestyle but with two small children, adding on any additional responsibilities and having people over for just a social visit seems out of the realm of possibility. I may come back to this book after the children are older, but now it was just a nice book to read with some cute pictures and a ...more
Kathie
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this because I missed the coziness of my Christmas decorations. It wasn't what I expected but still a good intro to 'hygge'. As it turns out, that concept appeals to me - from my sweaters, to my books, to the way I like my food, to the peace that I often crave (except I'm not much for hosting in my home, but I can work on that). The best parts were the traditional recipes and the stories from her father. And my house (at least my living room) is still sweet and cozy and welcoming even aft ...more
Fran
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Very quick read. I know I am way late to the hygge game, but I have been obsessively looking up all books on the topic in an effort to have a better attitude about winter. This was helpful! It was a little redundant at times, but a nice primer on the concept and helpful in changing my perspective about the joy that can be found in making the best of it.
Erina
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-it-kindle
Didn't totally suck but most of the advice was "duh!" Also SWEEPING cultural generalizations and assumptions. Glad I got it in kindle version. If paper I would need to get rid of this book since it doesn't meet the requirements of hygge minimalism.
Bron
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
This had some cute bits, and I love the cover, but I felt like it made hygge feel a bit to complicated and unattainable. I also think the image of Denmark was a bit too utopian...
Amy Tilley
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for beginners who want to understand what Hygge is! I enjoyed a peaceful afternoon with my coffee and sunshine reading away.
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