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The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  13,841 ratings  ·  1,227 reviews
From the author of the international bestseller The Little Book of Hygge

Lykke (Luu-kah) (n): Happiness

It's easy to see why Denmark is often called the world's happiest country. Not only do they have equal parental leave for men and women, free higher education and trains that run on time, but they burn more candles per household than anywhere else.

So nobody knows more abou
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Penguin Life
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Mary Mccallister While Hygge is moments of coziness and connection (especially thru dark Winter months), Lykka is developing a life of Joy thru connection, slowing pac…moreWhile Hygge is moments of coziness and connection (especially thru dark Winter months), Lykka is developing a life of Joy thru connection, slowing pace, and mindfulness among other concepts.(less)
Nancy Yes, it is essentially Hygge on the global scale. LOL, well, not exactly, but it is about well-being. I liked the Hygge book, but I love this one!
Yes, it is essentially Hygge on the global scale. LOL, well, not exactly, but it is about well-being. I liked the Hygge book, but I love this one!

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Charlotte May
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
“If you want happiness for an hour - take a nap. If you want happiness for a day - go fishing. If you want happiness for a year - inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime- help someone else.”

This was a great concept, but I never really do well with non fiction. I find it doesn’t grip me and I lose interest. Therefore this book took me way longer than a fiction book of the same size would have.

Despite this, I liked the ideas portrayed on this book. Small ways we can improve our
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Overall a good book on lykke. If only it did not include weird political references... it might have gotten 5 stars.
I thought it might cheer me up to see the victory speech of the first female US president, so I turned on the news....
I was tired, and I was sad to hear that a lot of Americans would be facing four difficult years. In short, I was angry, tired, and sad. (с) For Christsake, how does the gender of the president fit into the happiness of the country. The electorate was 50/50, no mat
Christine Spoors
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that I loved this second book as much as I enjoyed The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well!

Lykke (Luu-kah) (n): Happiness

This book takes us on a treasure hunt, looking for the keys to happiness around the world. The book discusses togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust and kindness. I liked that the book still referred back to Denmark throughout as I love learning more about Denmark. This book not only helps you think about happiness, but also society, and ways in
What a charming little book! I read a lot of heavy spiritual books with the aim of learning how to lead a more fulfilling life and these tend to be dense and rich in material on the psyche. This was such a breath of fresh air! It was so refreshing to read about tangible ways of enhancing, not just my own quality of life, but the lives of those in my community. It's so simple!!

The writing is easy, and the facts serve to highlight, where too often statistics will overwhelm and detract from the mes
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and I plan on reading it again, with a notebook at hand.
It made me smile, it made me think and it helped me realize what potential we all have.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That's literally happiness in a book form! 💞

Please, read it! I guarantee you that you'll feel inspired to do more with your life and loved ones!

I'd read anything that Meik writes in the future.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this one to be pretty disappointing. The author apparently researches happiness through a think tank in Denmark. According to him, there are six elements to happiness: health, money, togetherness, trust, freedom, and kindness. Each chapter of the book goes over these elements: the meaning behind them, some studies showing some relationships within that element, and then some tips to get happier in that element. That all sounds pretty good, but in practice, I didn't find The Little Book o ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's very interesting when you look at the world today and see it's many complexities, confrontations, and conundrums. Perhaps the innocence we once held in trying to obtain our dreams has led us to an unfortunate path of avarice of many forms. Maybe our scope of morality and justice has become distorted through the challenges we face as individuals. Whatever the psychological, sociological and political sources of today's woes, the fact that people like Meik Wiking are trying to approach these ...more
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
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*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.

Oh what a lovely little book.

Just like Meik Wiking’s other book – The Little Book of Hygge – this book is just so beautifully made. From the content itself to the design of each page, this is one of those books I can imagine myself coming back to many a time, if only to flick through the pages. Like I said with Hygge, it could be given as a gi
Beth Bonini
The world definitely needs more Lykke right now . . . and one of the most profound points that the author makes in this book is that individual happiness and communal happiness are inextricably linked. Focusing on six major indicators of happiness - togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust and kindness - Wiking breaks down why some communities (or countries) are doing a better job than others in creating happy citizens. Inequality, unfairness and injustice are the 'enemy', while empathy, trus ...more
Dannii Elle
This short self-improvement book was created with the intention of guiding the reader towards a happier existence by adopting some of the facets from the Danish way of living. As much as I appreciated the anecdotes about Danish life and the multitude of data that was compiled and included to back up each of the theories towards their continuing happiness, I found little to take away from this and assimilate into my own life. Listening to a few chapters every morning was an uplifting way to start ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was partly in the area of my professional interest, so it was very useful and interesting read.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book had some lovely ideas about happiness and spending time with friends and family. ( which would be wonderful) But, I had trouble with all the bragging. I know the Danish people have it made, what with free college and healthcare, but do they have to rub it in? We have some cool stuff in the ol U. S of A, too. Maybe not as good as free college tuition, but cool stuff. We have baseball. We have democra...hmm. Oh, we have a president who is...hmmm. Well, we have baseball.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: october-2017, kindle
Publishers certainly seem to be milking the current interest in Scandinavian lifestyle books; The Little Book of Lyyke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People is by the author of The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well, which I found rather lovely. The intention of Wiking's second book is 'to take you treasure hunting; to go in pursuit of happiness; to find the good that does exist in the world - and to bring this into the light so that, together, we can help it spread.' ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this in the giveaways in exchange for an honest review. Following on from The Little Book of Hygge, Wiking looks at happiness around the world and talks about the studies he's done. This is a beautifully presented little book with illustrations and photographs throughout. I'm not sure if I agree with everything but we all definitely need a little more care and joy in our lives. ...more
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Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
More of a research publication than The Little Book of Hygge, The Little Book of Lykke gives genuine and attainable ways to be a happier person and spread some of that happiness around. I personally loved the sections on money, trust, and kindness. A cracking and worthwhile read.
Christine (Tina)
Loved this! So much more inspiration than The Little Book of Hygge.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read. There was quite a lot of information about happiness and what can make people happy. I didn't love this one as much as his first book but I still quite enjoyed this one. ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kinda fun and not serious. I liked the examples of how people have created communities and happiness in their lives.
Charlotte Langstroth
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Everything runs smoothly in Denmark. Well, almost. Four years ago, one train did arrive five minutes late. The passengers each got a letter of apology from the prime minister and a designer chair of their choice as compensation.”
I read “The Little Book Of Lykke” on and off between being in Denmark and now - so nearly two months. A long time for such a short book but I wanted to be able to relate the content and practices in reflection to my own lifestyle.
From front to back this is like a litt
Ali Caitrin
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I have been a big fan of Meik ever since I read The Little Book of Hygge. With that in mind, I had high hopes for his next book and it has still managed to exceed my expectations!

Meik understands that each of us are unique and I loved that he shared what can make people happy from all over the world, not just the Danes. He also didn't write this book to tells us all the answers but instead gives us a 'treasure map' to help us on our journey!

If you're looking for a read that'll make you smile a
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Little Book of Lykke was my first read of 2018, and it was the perfect choice to start the year off positively. I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s an excellent follow-up book to The Little Book of Hygge, full of inspiration for how you can participate in creating a kinder, happier world. You’ll want to be a better person after reading it.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
It was nice to see the results of researchs done on this subjects and the factors affecting happiness. However i didn’t enjoy it as much as i did hygge.
I think it’s because it doesn’t really give a take home message. Sure, it’s not the whole point of the book (and i wasn’t expecting exactly that anyway) and it gives some suggestions on how to improve your happiness level. But these suggestions seems useless because while i was reading i couldn’t shake the feeling that it’s not a personal happin
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The last of the September reads. There is something about togetherness and feeling close to those around you that this book hits right on the spot. This sweet book shows how we can find a little bit more happiness in our lives. It's not rocket science, but I did take away some ideas from this. I enjoyed the authors sense of humour and loved the layout of the book, with cute illustrations and super photography. It's a cosy, beautiful read.
3.5 🌟
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, dutch
I got this book from the library to skim through, I didn't intend to fully read it. I never do with these type of books, because I feel like they always kind of try to tell you the same thing.

This book followed the same principles that I've seen over and over again: you need health, money, togetherness, trust, freedom, and kindness in order to be happy. If you want a book that will tell you that "money doesn't always equal happiness" and other universally known 'facts' like that, this is the boo
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From now on Meik Wiking should release a new book every December and that is how I should start my new year. Always. This is how I started 2017 and how I started this year. Even though I pre-ordered this book and received it the day of its publication, I was hard pressed to pass up listening to the audiobook. I would really like to marry Meik Wiking's voice (oh yes he's nice to look at too *wink*).

I think for many my fascination and desire for hygge to become a huge part of my life was a little
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktails
As CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, based in Denmark (often called the world's happiest country), Meik Wiking is ideally placed to take us on a treasure hunt for Lykke, happiness. He takes us through plenty of research into the things that make people happy all over the world. Chapters explore the 6 key factors in the World Happiness Report - togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust and kindness. In each there is evidence and information about what Meik has discovered. Plus lots of wa ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
I aborted reading the bland early chapters due to toxic, negative political commentary about the United States elections. In studying divisive behaviors and dehumanization, this author's political viewpoints mean nothing to me and actually block his purported book purpose of increasing happiness. I choose to not ingest toxic substances and negative, one-sided viewpoints. ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i am trash for everything danish okay
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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

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