The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

by Meik Wiking

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New York Times Bestseller

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.

Editorial Reviews

The Times (London)

Meik Wiking…knows the secret to happiness…[he] has written a gorgeously designed …guide to the Danish state of being that embraces coziness, sociability, thankfulness and comfort food.

The Dallas Morning News

A charming, illustrated guide to the hygge essentials. It’s like the ultimate hygge initiation.

Heat

A thorough and genuinely helpful little life bible that you’ll find yourself coming back to time and again. Hooray for hygge—it will make you happier, fitter and slimmer!

Popsugar

The world fell head over fuzzy-sock-clad-heels for the Danish concept of hygge…Meik Wiking (author and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute) breaks down the concept of hygge into a simple, 10-part manifesto.

Mail on Sunday

Infectiously positive... the best beginner’s guide.

New York Times

The Little Book of Hygge, which is already a best seller in Britain… is the most engaging of what is becoming a full-fledged lifestyle category.

InStyle

Much has been made, as of late, of the Danish philosophy of hygge…And a new tome, The Little Book of Hygge… instructs on how to use the practice to cure the ailments of the modern world.

People

Comfort, coziness, warmth—that’s what Hygge is. It’s tailor-made for turbulent times, and this guide from Denmark can help you find it.

Metro M D

This book explains everything you need to know about the Danish art of living well.

Vogue.com

Denmark’s concept of supreme coziness and comfort has taken the world of interiors by storm…But the concept of hygge doesn’t just apply to your home. As I learned in the cute hygge reference book The Little Book of Hygge… you can hygge anything.

Elle

Meik Wiking…[cites] psychological research showing that close social relationships and time spent socializing, eating, and relaxing… tend to be the greatest drivers of joy.

Real Simple

The Little Book of Hygge… may just be your passport to bliss.

Daily Mail Ireland

Ever wondered why Denmark is always ranked one of the happiest places on earth? Well, that’s down to hygge. And want to know what hygge is? Then read this book.

Metro

This book explains everything you need to know about the Danish art of living well.

Metro

This book explains everything you need to know about the Danish art of living well.

Library Journal

03/01/2017
Wiking (CEO, the Happiness Research Inst.) maintains that the Danes are the happiest people in the world because of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga), a concept that embodies atmosphere and experience over things. Some of the elements of hygge involve living in the moment, making relationships a priority, relaxation, equality, and comfort. Wiking offers ideas for finding such well-being in the areas of food and drink (e.g., eat slowly), clothing (e.g., dress for comfort), and in the home (e.g., use a lot of candles). She also claims that one can make an office or cubicle more hygge by organizing potlucks, decorating with plants, and bringing one's dog to work. VERDICT An exciting and intriguing guide, full of ideas for making everyday life more cozy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062658807
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Series: Happiness Institute Series
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 3,371
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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