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The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Little Book of Hygge, written and read by Meik Wiking. Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge. 'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing thin ...more
Kindle Edition, The Happiness Institute Series, 233 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by William Morrow (first published September 1st 2016)
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Oct 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lifecycle of an idea:

1) hear about it on NPR
2) identify with it. tell friends about it.
3) buy book about it.
4) begin reading book.
5) realise there are suddenly *a lot* of books on this topic.
6) start to suspect book is just a big advertisement put out by one of those agencies that determines what will be trendy for next season.
7) book seems to really want you to buy woolen socks.
8) book is poorly written and repeats itself.
9) see a new twee danish crap store in your big mall.
10) reach peak despa
Elena May
I recently, very spontaneously, decided to become a Viking move to Denmark. And now, I need to prepare!

And this means, on top of improving my knowledge of Danish history, geography, language, culture and pop-culture, I need to do some reading on Danish lifestyle. I thought The Little Book of Hygge must be the third best book on the topic, after Asterix and the Great Crossing and Asterix and the Normans

Let’s see what I got myself into!

The obsession with lighting comes from the lack of con
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I think someone else may have pinched the title but I think this book could be called 'The Little Book of Bollocks'.

We start of with a Danish concept of Hygge (I think it is pronounced hoo-gah or something). Essentially it seems to be the notion of having comfortable spaces at home and work, feeling happy and safe and at peace. All good so far? Well yes of course, it doesn't take a genus to work out that having a favourite blanket is comforting. It makes the obvious connection that having a good
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

This book made me so incredibly happy while reading it. The phenomenon and idea of hygge is something that appeals to my very soul, and it is something that I want to try and implement far more in my life than I already am. As my main resolution for this year is to stay happy, it seems inevitable that I would work towards the hygge lifestyle.

This book is much better than the previous hygge book that I read last year - it is written by Meik Wiking who is the CEO of the Happiness Resea
Christina - Traveling Sister
5, NBD just making my house hygge AF right now stars!!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!

So, what even is hygge (pronounced hoo-ga)? Well, it’s not something that can be completely translated into the English language but the most laymen definition of it is coziness. However, that doesn’t really capture the essence of what hygge means to the Danish culture. It’s a integral part of the way they live and one of the many reasons why the Danish top the charts on the UN’s happiest coun
Helene Jeppesen
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This "Little Book of Hygge", written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, sets out to explore the Danish phenomenon 'hygge': What it is and how you can achieve it. It's always fascinating to read about your own people, but to me this petite book was even more fascinating because it explores something that I consider a constant and a necessity in my everyday life.
The question is: Do I agree with everything in this book? Does it give you an honest impression of Danes' liv
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Little Book of Hygge is a small collection of everything that is right in the world. Hygge is a term that doesn't have a literal translation in many languages, but it is a concept that everyone is familiar with: that sense of warmth, comfort, cosiness, belonging, safety. Something which the Danish have turned into a proper art form. In this little book, you will discover everything about hygge. How to hygge in summer, in winter, on a budget, in Copenhagen. Hygge is a reading nook by the fire ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, scandinavian
Everything you need to know to about hygge and how to experience more in your life. Inspires you to look for the small, simple things that bring joy to your life.
This book is beautifully presented, nice cover, quality paper, modern typeface, and beautiful photography. Looks like cross between an Ikea catalogue and a Waitrose food magazine. I found the content fluffy, repetitive and patronising. I'm not danish and have not previously heard of Hygge but am aware that candles, real fires, friends and sharing food you have cooked yourself is good fun and makes you happy. I thought the book was going to let me in on some secrets of Danish happiness, I was dis ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
If 2016 was all about throwing things away a la Marie Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing), then 2017 seems to be all about getting cozy.

This is a beautifully designed little book which extolls the benefits of coziness/homebodyness and good friends/good food as the way to happiness. The Danes generally rank at the top (or near top) of woldwide happiness rankings. Large social safety-net programs probably play a key role in this, but sinc
Susan Budd
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should begin my review of The Little Book of Hygge with a confession: I hate winter. I hate everything about winter. I hate the snow. I hate the cold. I hate coats and hats and mittens. The months of January and February could be wiped off the calendar for all I care. I’ll take a double dose of July and August in their place. So the concept of hygge, originating from a people accustomed to cold weather, is not one that easily resonates with me. At least, not until I read Meik Wiking’s explanat ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The whole idea of Hygge is really lovely. Actually, I think that everybody follows it, having no idea that it has a name. Well, who doesn’t enjoy the winter evening with a cup of cocoa or the fragnance of just baked cake? It is quite a nice book in terms of appreciating life’s little pleasures, but it lacks actual content. The majority of the book is filled with photographs or some really boring statistics and the author doesn’t say anything insightful. I mean, we all have been there, done that. ...more

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) - the Danish art of living well - has become quite trendy these days. To find out what it's all about I read 'The Little Book of Hygge' by Meik Wiking (pronounced Mike Viking). Wiking is the CEO of 'The Happiness Research Institute' - a Danish think tank that studies satisfaction, happiness, and the quality of life.

In a nutshell, hygge is a feeling of well-being that can be engendered by pleasant surroundings, tasty food, and good company.....or whatever else makes y
Karina Webster
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully published. Gorgeous photos, charts and drawings. The writing is funny, interesting and engaging. A really fun read! So...when are we moving to Denmark??
The Danish concept of hygge (pronounced HOO-GA) originates from a Norwegian word meaning "well-being." The closest translation for hygge in English is coziness. In a nutshell, the primary elements include candles and fireplaces, intimate gatherings, lots of cake and coffee, warm fabrics, books, and rustic settings.

The word hygge can be used as a noun or a verb. One interesting part of the book was the hygge dictionary. Variations of the word hygge include the following:
hyggehjørnet- to be in the
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful little book about a concept that is popular in Denmark. "Hygge" (pronounced hooga) is a concept that doesn't directly translate into English. The word might be translated as "coziness" or "happiness" or "taking pleasure from simple things." I picked up this book because I plan to go to Denmark later this summer. The country has the reputation of being the happiest place in the world. But, this is not quite true--it is really the least unhappy country, due to its extensive so ...more
Whispering Stories
The Little Book of Hygge, isn’t the type of book that I would normally choose to read, but something drew me to it, perking my interest. I kept on hearing about ‘hygge’. Everyone was talking about it, so I decided to investigate myself, though I will admit that I was drawn to this book about the subject, rather than the artwork on the cover.

Hygge is all about living better, how to live ‘in the now’, calmly and more happily. According to statistics, the Danes are the happiest people on the planet
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.

An easy read about a warm and fuzzy topic, but the book became very repetitive after the first 25%. While I enjoyed the beginning, by the end I was looking forward to moving on to my next book.
Favorite Quote: While basic living standards are essential for happiness, after the baseline has been met, happiness varies more with quality of human relationships than income.

First Sentence: I have the best job in th
Sylvain Reynard
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book studies human happiness. In this volume, he argues that Hygge (loosely translated as comfort or homeyness) contributes to the overall happiness and satisfaction of Danes.
Then he offers an account of what Hygge includes and how to incorporate it into your daily life.

I liked this book for the window into Danish life that it offered and also for its interesting account of what contributes to happiness.

We can all do with more Hygge. We can all do with more happiness.
Rebecca Carter
I realise I'm probably the last person in the world to read this! It's been sat on my kindle for two years just waiting to be picked up and read. But as the book includes pictures, I wanted to read it on my iPad rather than a kindle. I've picked it up now and then to read, but I've generally then forgotten about it until the middle of summer, when reading a book about cozyness feels wrong! :)

Seeing as it's now the Northern Hemispheres autumn, I'm making sure I get it read while it seems the per
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I've always practiced Hygge. This book was so very charming and uplifting
I really enjoyed this book. For me, this is a bit of a follow-up to The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country which I also enjoyed and which left me wanting to understand the concept of hygge a bit better because the Danes seem to have it right there. The Little Book of Hygge is, firstly, beautifully produced - it's a nice size in the hand, lovely finish, handsome photography and charts. It's also an easy read which strikes a nice balanc ...more
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
Originally posted on A Frolic Through Fiction

*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book! This in no way affects my opinion.

This book is like a hug, basically. The second you open it’s pages, you can’t help but feel warm, safe, and appreciative of every little thing. Which is the whole idea, so…good going!

Straight off the bat I couldn’t help appreciating how beautifully made the book is. Every page has some sort of design element to it, whether it be photographs, small drawing
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Hygge is about giving yourself and others a treat. It is about savoring the moment and the simple pleasures of good food and good company... it is about keeping in mind that you live right now, allowing yourself to focus on the moment and appreciate the life you lead, to focus on all that you do have, not what you don't."
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt smugly virtuous reading this book, especially since I read it flopped out on the bed in the middle of a sunny afternoon while eating fine chocolates, and nodded off to a little nap mid-read. Super hygge.

I do so much of this - hot beverages, voluminous scarves and cozy socks, wool, wood and vintage, heavy cream and chocolate, heaps of throw pillows, nooks and books. I'm a bit slack on the recommended levels of candles and pork consumption. I didn't know I was choosing hyggeligt, but I'm g
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Great narration
Hygge the way of zen like living for the Danish. This little book is filled with sensible easy t follow techniques to give your moments more meaning. Light a candle, cuddle under a blanket, play board game with friends, and much more. It's about living life in the moment, simply. There isn't any hard written rule, or steps to follow it's just a path of gratitude and being present. There are a few recipes, and ideas, but mostly it's about the way the Danish have found the
Aya Hamza
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"The Little Book of Hygge" was written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, exploring the "Hygge", this Danish phenomenon which I never heard of but loved to read about in this book.

This book is so cozy and relaxing. And no surprise in describing Denmark as "the happiest country in the world". This life-style is actually so different from the life-style here in Egypt (obviously!). Reading this book only made me feel so warm, relaxed and comfortable. I may try to practice
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book went over basics of hygge and explored a bit deeper how you can hygge up your life and interactions. It didn't teach me anything new (except the paper heart thing which I hope to try out) despite being so much longer than all the previous hygge books.

I got a bit annoyed that the author was talking about how hygge doesn't cost anything, but then offer me a lamp for thousands or a weekend retreat where I rent a house or a cabin. I don't know if he has ever lived in a poor society, but e
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this little book on happiness, and was ready to pack my bags in a small amount of time. Who wouldn't want to live in a place that is one of the happiest in the world ? I'm amazed that there were negative comments and reviews about this book. I would trade a life of politics, social media, depressing news on TV constantly, and everything is me, me, me.

The Danes have substituted those choices for meaningful time spent with friends, dinners you cook together, life spent outdoo
Bam cooks the books ;-)
Wouldn't you love to be the CEO of a Happiness Research Institute, an independent think tank focusing on well-being, happiness, and quality of life, like Meik Wiking? Can you think of a job that would be more fun to go to in the morning?

This is a fun book that tries to explain why the Danes are among the happiest people in the world. His answer of course is HYGGE!!

"Hygge is about appreciating the simple pleasures in life and can be achieved on a shoe string budget. Hygge is humble and slow. It i
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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, th ...more

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