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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 things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...' You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa wi 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 things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...' You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress. Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.


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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 things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...' You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa wi 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 things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...' You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress. Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.

30 review for The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    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 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 despair. 11) burn book. the crackling fire, you are told, is very hygge. 12) find peace with the ease with which the corporate world manipulates your interests and desires. 13) write a goodreads review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 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 contact with it in the natural world… the only resource Denmark has in abundance is darkness Oh… I mean, I kind of knew that already, but seeing it on paper makes me want to cry. And if it wasn’t bad enough that winters are dark and cold and summers are short, Denmark also has 179 days of rain per year. Come ooon. Are you kidding me? The closest you will ever come to seeing vampires burnt by daylight is by inviting a group of Danes for a hygge dinner and then placing them under a 5,000K fluorescent light tube This explains a lot. I just got my new apartment in Copenhagen, and one thing I’ve been missing is light. I thought the living room was a bit dark, with no lamp on the ceiling, but looks like it’s supposed to be like that: several smaller lamps around the room create a more hyggeligt light than one big lamp set in the ceiling If you say so… though I’d really would have liked my ceiling lamp when the sun goes down at 4 PM!!! Visit a student on a shoestring budget and you may still encounter a €1,000 Verner Panton lamp in the corner of her thirty-two-square-metre flat. What… Also, I don’t think this guy knows what “a shoestring budget” means. But what’s a Verner Panton lamp anyway? Wait… Wait… Waaaaaaait… It’s apparently this one: But that’s the lamp I have in my future apartment! And… the one my landlord left for me is apparently of the €2,000 variety. What. Seriously. What. I mean, €2,000 for a lamp??? That’s my grandparents combined yearly income. And though I’ve been working in the West and earning a very decent salary for a while… WHAT. Who would do that? Why? Whyyyyyyy? And it’s not like my landlord is crazy rich. He’s an ordinary guy who initially furnished the flat for himself, but then realized he had other plans. So these lamps are common among regular people. Okay, I get design, and high quality, and it’s art, but, what? I kind of get it if it was an original artwork, but it’s a mass-produced lamp. And I would kiiind of, somewhat partially get it if the light was amazing, but I honestly think it’s not bright enough (though I guess that’s the idea) Okay, I have to say it’s a VERY pretty lamp, but… but… BUT I think I’m not Danish at all Also, please don’t come stealing my lamp now. I probably sound like a barbarian to Danish people right now, but could I just get a nice, ridiculously bright, 5-Euro ceiling lamp? Pleeeease! The chapter on light is over. Let’s see if things get more hopeful later…. To foreigners, Danish sounds like someone speaking German with a hot potato in their mouth. Hmmm… I always thought Danish sounds like someone’s reading German as if it’s French. It’s really strange, the words on paper actually look like German and are pretty understandable, but then only about 30% of the letters are pronounced, and the ones that are pronounced are assigned random sounds. Some interesting stuff on languages follows and apparently in Finnish there is a single word for “a large horde of reindeer.” Makes sense. Some have described the Danish workplace as something like the opening credits of The Flintstones. Come five o’clock, everyone has left before you can say ‘Yabba dabba doo!’ NOW WE’RE TALKING! People with children usually leave at four; those without, at five. Hmm. Are you saying I should start thinking about kids now? :O Hygge is also a situation where there is a lot of relaxed thoughtfulness. Nobody takes centre stage or dominates the conversation I really like this one. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to move to Denmark. Sadly, I work in a field where aggressiveness and arrogance are common and are not only tolerated but encouraged. And while I like the mathematical part of my work, I don’t enjoy the environment. Although I’m staying in the same industry, I though in Denmark the culture should be better since the hygge factor should offset the rest. But in recent years I have also come to realize that there is a severe drawback to a social landscape like this: it doesn’t readily admit newcomers Nooooooo I guess it must be great for people who grew up there, but how are new immigrants supposed to integrate??? Food chapter! While a dish consisting of live shrimp covered in ants may make the headlines, it is relatively far from everyday Danish cuisine I’d certainly hope so. Traditional Danish lunch includes a budget version of smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) on rye bread with pickled herring I haven’t moved yet, and I’m already sick of pickled herring. Once you get out of Copenhagen airport, you may think you have walked on to the set of a ninja movie. In Denmark, everyone wears black... In the summertime, you are allowed to go for a wider range of colours, even something crazily flamboyant like grey Oooopsie… I mean, that’s my usual winter look: I’m happy I’m using a penname on Goodreads. I might get banned from the country for being criminally un-Danish. The Danish hairstyle is casual to the point of being borderline lazy. Wake up and go That’s probably the only Danish thing about me. Danes do love design, and walking into many Danish homes can be like walking into the pages of an interior design magazine True. My landlord initially furnished my new apartment for himself, and you can see that. It’s full of designed furniture (which I would have never known was designer if I hadn’t googled it) Danes therefore tend to put a lot of effort and money into making their homes hyggelige. They enjoy the most living space per capita in all of Europe What? What. WHAT Did he just claim Danish people have the most living space in Europe? I don’t know about the countryside, but Copenhagen apartments are TINY. My new apartment is much smaller than the one I had in Berlin and is three times the price, no kidding. Even my London apartment wasn’t that small, and that says a lot. Oh, and then the author presents some crazy statistic that in Denmark, people have an average of 51 sq.m. per resident, while in Germany it’s 40. While at a first glance this looks like fantasy, I kind of get how this nonsense was derived. To understand these stats, one must know how living space is measured in different countries, something our dear author seems to have no clue about. My old apartment in Berlin was 56 sqm. It was huge. I could literally do jogging inside and often welcomed a large number of guests with no problems. My new apartment in Copenhagen is 58 sqm. I can barely fit inside. A single guest for more than a night would be a challenge. How does that work? It’s simple! How is living space measured in Germany? The quoted square meters cover actual living space. Living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, inside corridor. Nothing else. Areas inside the apartment covered by walls are not counted. How is living space measured in Denmark? All of the above, plus balconies, basements, common corridors outside the flat, staircases and other common areas. Looking at some square meter quotes, I sometimes think they also include the gardens, the street, the canal, and half of Sweden (Danish people can’t seem to accept Sweden is not theirs anymore.) So that claim that Danes have the most living space is poor research at best, and blatant lies at worst. It’s not the first time I read some fake “facts” in this book. It’s a pity because there is a lot of interesting info, but bits like this make me wonder if I should be fact-checking everything. One December, while I was a student… I spent the entire salary I earned that month from carrying, sawing, hammering, chopping and selling trees on a chair What. I think I just lost any ability to relate to this guy. The Kähler vase was an anniversary piece that was sold in a limited edition … More than 16,000 Danes tried to buy it online that day – most in vain, as the vase quickly sold out. The website crashed and people queued in long lines outside the stores that were stocking the vase; in many respects, the shoppers looked more like teenage girls fighting over tickets for a One Direction concert Yes, let’s make fun of teenage girls, this never gets old. Looks like the more apt comparison in the future would be “looked like Danes fighting over a vase.” The one thing that every home needs is a hyggekrog… I’ve put some cushions, a blanket, and a reindeer hide there, and I also sit there to work in the evenings Ah, animal hides. When I decided to move to Copenhagen, I was looking for furnished apartments, and 90% of what I saw had cow hides on the floor. Be sure to smother those benches, chairs and windowsills in sheepskin to give them an extra layer of hygge. You may alternate between sheep and reindeer, while keeping cow skins for the floor. I wonder how vegans live in this country. With the Danes’ love of candles and wooden and other flammable things, it is no surprise that Copenhagen has been burnt to the ground on several occasions. some say Denmark has two winters, one grey and one green Come. Ooon. one of the most consistent patterns in happiness research is how little difference money makes Yeah I guess, provided that you have enough not to worry about paying rent and putting food on the table. Which I guess is the case for most Danes, whose lives are super secure from the moment they are born. I mean, not only is education free, but they are paid to go to university. But for us, mere mortals, money does make a difference since it’s harder to hygge if we’re worried! Hygge is an atmosphere which is not only unimproved by spending more money on it, but rather, in some ways, the opposite BUT THEN WHY ARE YOU BUYING 2000 EURO LAMPS TO HYGGE, I DON’T GET IT! So gather a group of people and head for the hills What hills? Denmark is flat as a pancake. In addition to hygge, Hans Christian Andersen, Lego and Danish design, Denmark is known for its love of bikes I’m really NOT looking forward to that. Last time I biked was 13 years ago, and I had an accident and couldn’t move my arm for 2 months after. Sadly, Copenhagen public transport is not the greatest, and biking is really the best way to get around. A comprehensive study…found that people who bike to work are happier than those who drive or use public transport Yeah, if you have a crappy public transport. But if you have a nice, comfortable, not overcrowded train, where you can get a seat and read a book or watch the scenery, it’s much better than any bike. Especially if you’re in Berlin where it’s customary to have a beer on the train. I guess I’m in the second stage of culture shock now, comparing everything to Berlin and complaining. Oh well, everyone has to go through that. dark, natural colours are hyggelige. The sight of a bright, sterile hospital…is not Strange. I’ve been looking at many apartments while searching for a place to stay, and the vast majority of Danish kitchens are white, looking exactly like a sterile hospital. Nothing wooden, nothing colorful. And the famous Danish design operates largely in black and white and is overall very sterile. Maybe I’m missing something, but I see a lot of contradictions in this book. And what I’ve seen of Copenhagen so far doesn’t fit the definition of hygge. I have to say Berlin fits the description much better. It’s green, it’s natural, it’s unassuming, it’s human. In contrast, Copenhagen is not just richer and more expensive. It’s fancy. It’s posh. It’s artificial. It’s everything this book keeps telling us is un-hygge. And when I say it’s artificial, I mean these guys built a ski-run over plastic tracks on top of a waste-processing factory. My apartment building is currently surrounded by constructions sites because they are building fake canals in between the buildings to create fake islands. It’s pretty cool, but it’s not what this book would call hygge. It’s the European Dubai. This soft ð is one of the most difficult Danish sounds. The closest it comes to English is th, but with your tongue extended a little further Great. I never properly pronounced the English th either, so good luck with this soft ð thingy. I finished this book when I arrived in Copenhagen, this time to move in permanently. And guess what greeted me at the airport? Shelves and shelves loaded with this book only staring at me from every store! “Overhyped” doesn’t begin to describe it. I’m supposed to be writing a review, you say? Fine, let’s do this: If we ignore some fake news, what remains is an informative, witty book, full of self-depreciating humor. Or at least I hope it’s self-depreciating humor and the guy isn’t serious, or else I’m doomed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    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 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 home / work balance and having a strong social network is good for you. Yep, still with you. But what underpins this is a load of consumerist crap - pages and pages of what expensive lighting, candles and furniture you should buy. Lots of stating the bloody obvious - if you are cold put some nice woollen socks on. The book is terribly middle class - it reeks of 'get away to your cabin at the weekend and enjoy some hygge'. Yes, millions of us have weekend retreats on tap... I get that you can do hygge on the cheap and I agree totally that allowing yourself in the modern world to make time for your self and to do 'special' things and have comfort in your life is good. I don't buy that eating lots of cake is hygge or lighting a candle will transform your life. My problem with this book is that it takes some pretty universal notions and translates them into a 'lifestyle' or a 'fashion'. This book gets two stars because it is actually very pretty and beautiful to flick through and I did have a hygge moment cuddling my 3 year old daughter whilst reading the book. She them shit herself unfortunately and ruined the moment ha ha! It annoyed me as a vegan that seemingly to get a 'hygge' moment you had to inflict pain on other creatures, there are lots of recipes in here for meat heavy dishes, you get told you may be lucky to see a pig roast in one section and them espouses the hygge of hunting and fishing - how comforting to witness the slow charring of a once happy pig! I think I would be more happy if I sat down with the TV off and read more, I love being warm in my home and eating nice food - unfortunately life has it's stresses too and my kids are hardly the quietest. The book does make it clear that stress won't go away, it's about creating hygge to counter it and I suppose there is some truth in this - there is a good message which is 'be kind to yourself'. What isn't good in this book is that despite it being written by a social science the actual evidence for hygge is exceptionally tenuous. There are some giant leaps from studies that suggest Danes are happy, glosses over the socio-political elements and attributes happiness to hygge - it's not the most compelling argument for spending a month's salary on a vase...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    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 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 Research Institute in Copenhagen, so it feels inevitable that he would know exactly what he is talking about. An element of this book that really made me geek out and fall in love were all the statistics from various surveys that the Institute had carried out, which showed people's general opinions on various aspects of hygge. I liked seeing the evidence of people's feelings and how they implemented hygge in their lives. The book itself is absolutely beautiful, full of gorgeous photographs and illustrations, and is a joy to read through. I felt a genuine sense of happiness and cosiness as I read through this, curled up on my sofa with plenty of cushions and a mug of tea by my side. I tried to space out my reading and savour the book, but unfortunately I was far too involved to do so! My only issue with this book, and thus the reason I knocked it down a half star, is because I felt that at times it was a little too focused on activities that were accessible to Danish people. Of course hygge is a Danish phenomenon, and I loved finding out the statistics on many things (for example how many candles Danish people burn weekly!), but at times I felt like the tips on how to implement hygge elements in my life were just out of reach, based on where I live. However, it was only a slight qualm, and there is plenty in this book for me to try and experience, with numerous recipes, ideas for social occasions, and other such things that I can try out. Overall I thought this was a great book, and as I received it as a present I would also say this would make a great gift to anyone who likes the cosier, quieter side of live and wants to implement more hygge in their lifestyle. A wonderful reading experience.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christina - Recipe & a Read

    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 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 countries list. Hygge is also deeply personal, and anything that brings you quiet contentment can likely fall into the realm of hygge. Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down. Now look, if that quote alone doesn’t get you going and feeling all the feels about life and joy, then I’m not sure this book is going to be the one for you. However, if connection, ambiance and the simple joys of being with people you love, who love you in return is something that makes you happy – I can’t suggest this book enough. Many of the principles laid out here are things that once you read will likely make you say ‘duh’ or ‘oh, there’s a word for what I’ve been trying to do this whole time’ and I found this incredibly refreshing. Time spent with others creates an atmosphere that is warm, relaxed, friendly, down-to-earth, close, comfortable, snug and welcoming. In many ways, it is like a good hug, but without the physical contact, It is in this situation that you can be completely relaxed and yourself. The art of hygge is therefore also the art of expanding your comfort zone to include other people. So while things like candles, fireplaces, lighting in general, warm socks, comfy clothes, items made of wood, and incorporating nature into your space are all outlined as important aspects of hygge, the most important is togetherness. Being with those that truly see you for who you are and care for you. Hygge, is that comfortable silence with those you love. There’s an anecdote in the book about the first hour after you come back from skiing – all your friends are exhausted, everyone is still in their ski gear, your feet are aching and you’re sitting on your patio looking out at the sheer beauty of the mountains. Your friends or family trickle outside, you can hear the sound of Grand Marnier pouring in the background while coffee is brewing. As you all sit, quietly observing the exhaustion in your limbs, the beautiful day and the time you spent together – this is the epitome of hygge. We are social creatures, and the importance of this is clearly seen when one compares the satisfaction people feel in relationships with their overall satisfaction with life. The most important social relationships are close relationships in which you experience things together with others, and experience being understood; where you share thoughts and feelings, and both give and receive support. In one word: hygge. In the end, I’ll be putting this on my list of books to give as a gift moving forward. I think everyone can learn lessons from this and I just felt absolutely tickled the whole time I read this. Putting our efforts into health, fitness, mental well-being are all important, but something that falls to the wayside as we age is helping our current social relationships and new relationships flourish. I really can’t suggest this book enough, it was a funny, light-hearted and general joy to read and I am already implementing things I’ve learned into my day to day life!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Helene Jeppesen

    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 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' lives, happiness and how we 'hygge'? The answer is: Yes! I couldn't find any faults with this book, and I was so impressed with how it defined 'hygge' spot-on that I've been inspired to do a video on just this phenomenon. If you desire to know more about how to create a 'hyggelig' atmosphere in your home or around people, definitely read this book. It speaks the truth and encaptures the real spirit of 'Hygge', and it doesn't hurt that the book is beautifully designed and comes with gorgeous pictures.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Inge

    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 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 fireplace with a good book and a comfortable blanket. Hygge is a cup of hot chocolate. Hygge is an intimate dinner party with board games. We should all learn how to incorporate hygge into our lives - there is a reason why the Danish are among the happiest people in the world. As someone with anxiety and depression, I made it my personal mission to learn more about happiness and positivity. Because these things don't come naturally to me anymore, but I can train myself. I keep a gratitude journal (apparently this is very hygge). I read books about happiness. I spend a lot of time on self-care, even the unpleasant aspects of it (e.g. doctor's appointments). So when I found out about hygge, I was more than excited to learn more about it. I ordered a Buddy Box, which is a self-care subscription box. The Little Book of Hygge came with it, which was so perfect. I read this book in my reading nook, with cups of tea, cookies, and several blankets. I learned about candles, discovered recipes, and smiled at beautiful pictures. This book was certainly very hyggelig.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    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 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 disappointed to find it stated the obvious, but lots of people seem to really like it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 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 since that's not easily or quickly replicated, the author advises that happiness can be found via candles, warm drinks, fireplaces and wool socks. Now, I like all of those things as much as the next person (probably more) but I'll just say that I'm glad I checked this one out from the library instead of buying this book in order to learn these pearls of wisdom.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan Budd

    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 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 explanation of hyggekrog. As I was reading, I spontaneously remembered my very first apartment. It was a two room apartment above a store in the heart of the village of Westbury. I furnished it with an assortment of hand-me-downs from my parents’ apartment. Appropriately enough, it was mostly the Danish Modern furniture that was so popular at midcentury. Since the kitchen was the larger of the two rooms (the second room being the bedroom), there was ample space for a comfy old easy chair with worn orange upholstery. It fit perfectly in a corner with an equally battered end table, a ginger jar table lamp, and a three shelf bookcase that held my then-tiny library. It became my special reading nook. The apartment faced the street, so I could sit almost anywhere and look out at the main road of the village anytime I wanted. This was especially pleasant to do during the Christmas season when strings of lights adorned the lamp posts and store windows. This was a time before chain stores dominated the village landscape, when the stores were still all Mom & Pop stores, each with its unique personality. There was a local movie theater, a pizzeria, a delicatessen, and next door to me a card & gift shop that played Christmas carols from a speaker outside. One day I heard what sounded like a parade going down the street, so I went to a window to see what was going on and it was indeed a parade. A little parade going down my little street. I poured myself a cup of coffee, sat down at my kitchen table, and watched the parade. It never happened again, which just made the experience more special. Although I only lived there for three years, and that was over thirty years ago, I still remember it fondly: the street, the stores, the sleepy village atmosphere (even though it was only forty minutes from Penn Station by LIRR), all seen from my little perch on the second floor, and most of all, my hyggekrog with its comfy chair, soft light, and favorite books. Perhaps hygge is not such a strange concept to me after all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    marta (sezon literacki)

    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. 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. Just didn’t realise it has a fancy, Danish name. Nice graphic design, poor content.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    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 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 you feel safe and content. As Wiking describes it, hygge is 'an atmosphere, an experience' - what we feel when we're with people we love in a warm and comfortable place. Things that promote hygge are called 'hyggelig.' For instance, the following would be hyggelig: a small group of friends sitting around a fireplace in a cabin, wearing big jumpers (sweaters) and wooly socks, drinking malt wine. It would be even more hyggelig if a storm was raging outside. LOL Danish people strive to have all their life experiences be as hyggelig as possible. They try to have hyggelig homes; go to hyggeling restaurants; entertain hyggelig visitors; play hyggelig games; work at hyggelig jobs; go on hyggelig trips; etc. ********** A lot of creating hygge is common sense, but - if you want some pointers - Wiking provides a guide: - Use lots of candles. The Danes place candles everywhere - in bedrooms living rooms, bathrooms, classrooms, boardrooms, etc. - Place dim lighting in strategic locations. Wiking recommends light fixtures designed by Poul Henningsen, whose lamps provide soft, diffuse light. - Create a feeling of togetherness with friends and relatives; togetherness is 'like a hug without touching.' - Maintain a healthy work-life balance. Spend a lot of time with your family. - Socialize with friends and colleagues. - Good food. Danish people like meat and potatoes.....and they love sweets - especially cake. A traditional feature of Danish children's birthday parties is 'Cakeman' - a pastry in the shape of a large gingerbread man, decorated with flags, sweets, and candles. In the book, Wiking includes recipes for a few of his favorite Danish dishes. One is called Skipperlabskovs (Skipper Stew), which is brisket sitting in potato mash - served wtih pickled beets and rye bread. - Hot beverages. Danes love coffee. If you watch Danish TV series, the characters are always making coffee, drinking coffee, and offering each other coffee.....(like tea in British TV series....LOL) - Comfortable clothing. For professional wear, Danish men like a T-shirt or sweater under a blazer, usually in black or gray. Danes don't favor three-piece-suits. For casual wear, Danes like a comfortable jumper.....with leggings for girls or skinny jeans for boys. And Danes LOVE scarves. - Casual hairdos. Danish hairstyles are 'wake up and go'.....or maybe a loose bun for women. - Comfortable furnishings. Danes enjoy interior decorating, and their decor often includes wood furniture, vintage items, and an open fireplace and/or a wood-burning stove. - Blankets and cushions. Necessary for snuggling up and getting cozy. ********** After providing this overview of hygge, Wiking goes on to talk about how to be hyggelig outside the home; during every month of the year - from January to December; and during every season of the year. Wiking also describes various hyggelig experiences he's had with his friends, and writes about his happiness research. Wiking's suggestions for hyggelig pastimes include things like: spend a weekend in a cabin; have a cooking party with your friends; go out on a rowboat and bring a picnic basket; put couches in your office; have a movie night - with popcorn; go to a hyggelig restaurant and order pickled herring and schnapps; buy confections at a bakery; enjoy exhibitions of Christmas lights; have smorrebrod (an open sandwich on rye bread) with beer or schnapps; read a good book; and so on. You can probably think up hundreds of 'hyggelig' activities yourself. For example, here's one: invite a couple of friends over; watch Netflix; bring in Mexican food; drink sangria....and later on - have chocolate eclairs for dessert. If you have some hygge suggestions, feel free to comment below. Wiking sums up his treatise on hygge by noting that a complete hygge experience includes 'taste, sound, smell, and texture.' - Hyggelig tastes are familiar and sweet. - Hyggelig sounds might be: the crackling of burning wood; the pitter patter of raindrops; and trees waving in the breeze. - Hyggelig smells could be aromas that trigger fond memories. - Hyggeling textures might be wooden surfaces; smooth ceramic cups; and reindeer fur. I feel like I gained a pretty good understanding of hygge from Wiking's book. However, Wiking's numerous suggestions for 'hyggelig experiences' got very repetitive.....and after awhile, it seemed like a lot of padding to have enough words for an entire book. Still, if you're curious about hygge, this is a good crash course. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  14. 5 out of 5

    abigailscupoftea

    My dad inspired me to buy this book. He once traveled to Denmark and said that it’s true: Denmark really is one of the happiest countries in the world. “Hygge is about making the most of what we have in abundance: the every day.” It’s the warmth of hot chocolate, the pitter patter of rain, the purring of a cat. It’s simplicity, safety, and security. It’s coziness, comfort, and connection. The Little Book of Hygge is such a cheerful and relaxing read. Here are some emojis that symbolize Hygge to m My dad inspired me to buy this book. He once traveled to Denmark and said that it’s true: Denmark really is one of the happiest countries in the world. “Hygge is about making the most of what we have in abundance: the every day.” It’s the warmth of hot chocolate, the pitter patter of rain, the purring of a cat. It’s simplicity, safety, and security. It’s coziness, comfort, and connection. The Little Book of Hygge is such a cheerful and relaxing read. Here are some emojis that symbolize Hygge to me: 🍰🌷🧦☕️🕯🥐🫖🐈

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karina Webster

    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??

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    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 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 mood for hygge hyggekrog- sitting nook for a "hyggelig" time hyggesnak- cozy conversation devoid of controversy hyggestund- a moment of hygge (And my personal favorite) hyggebukser- that favorite comfortable pair of pants you'd never wear in public I adore the idea that hygge is about "atmosphere and experience" rather than "things." Denmark consistently ranks at the top of happiness indices. The author attributes the happiness levels of the Danish people to the lower levels of stress because the government provides universal health coverage, free university education, and generous benefits. Other factors noted include good incomes and a real sense of community. I'd rate this book 3.5. I always find books about happiness intriguing. It's a really quick read, and my only complaint would be that at times it felt repetitive. I enjoyed the cutesy artwork.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David

    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 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 social programs and safety nets. Denmark is a country where winters are long, and it rains 179 days a year. So, hygge is primarily achieved at home, on rainy days, with soft lighting, special food, and close friends and family. Lighting seems to be very important. Denmark burns two times as many candles per person than anywhere else in Europe. Fireplaces are wonderful. Electric lighting is also important, but the emphasis is on soft lighting, not blaring fluorescent tubes. And, another emphasis is on being in the company of small groups of people. This is very good for introverts. And, hot drinks are another important component of hygge. You can read this short book in a couple of hours--at least half of it is filled with simple illustrations--reminiscent of clip art. The writing is simple, as the book explains the many facets of Danish culture that contribute to hygge. The book contains a description of ten inexpensive activities that can contribute to happiness. So, it is useful for anybody, not just those living in Denmark. Remarkably, the author, Meik Wiking, is the CEO of an organization called the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. I guess he should know a thing or two about hygge!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cher

    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 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 the world.

  19. 5 out of 5

    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 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, and according to the author, their ‘hygge’ lifestyle is the reason for this. We are taught, and shown by the vast amount of photos in the book, how the Danes live their daily lives and how they relax. From open fires, eating tasty food, spending time with friends, riding their bikes, there are numerous ways that they feel ‘hygge’ everyday. I spent quite a while reading this book, feeling the urge not to rush it, so I read a couple of chapters daily, letting the information sink in. I loved the book, the explanations of what ‘hygge’ is, and how to achieve it. Yes the author does repeat himself a lot, going over about the same things, but this book isn’t all about hot chocolate, and roaring fires, it is much, much more. Will I take away anything from this book, and use it in my daily life? Maybe to use candles more. I already have lots around the house, just never light them. Apart from that I’m very doubtful. What I will take away from the book though, is the knowledge of how a lot of the Danes live, their culture and how it makes them happy. Would I recommend this book, wholeheartedly. Now I’m off to go and feel miserable again, in this dull and cold British weather Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sylvain Reynard

    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. Recommend 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. Recommended. SR

  21. 4 out of 5

    Margret

    I think I've always practiced Hygge. This book was so very charming and uplifting I think I've always practiced Hygge. This book was so very charming and uplifting

  22. 4 out of 5

    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 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 perfect time of year to read a book about Hygge and snuggly blankets, flickering candles, crackling fires and warm comfy fluffy socks... The Little Book of Hygge is such a cute little book! The cover just sums up everything the book is about - it's just so lovely. It's kind of an explanation as to what Hygge is - a Danish word that is kind of all about the essence of feeling cozy, warm and safe and snuggly - and how to incorporate it into your life. Basically, buy all the candles you can grab at IKEA and make yourself a cozy reading nook with a pile of blankets and cushions... I adored the recipes that were included, such a nice little surprise. They look fairly simple to make - even for a not particular natural cook like myself - and I can imagine the smell they would create on a cold and frosty day would be absolutely scrumptious. This is kind of the perfect book to read in the hectic mad busy rush leading up to Christmas and new year. You can easily read a chapter, or a few pages, get distracted by some present wrapping or a Chrimbo movie, and not forget where you're up to or lose your way in a plot. I would suggest it's best read during autumn/winter - so you can Hygge up your house - which wouldn't feel right in spring or summer. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn more about Danish customs, or even just to learn some fab little tips on how to make your home extra cosy and comfy during the colder months of the year. The only reason I didn't give it 5* was because I thought it became a bit repetitive at times with the number of lists.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    "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." "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."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    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 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 balance between facts and figures, anecdotes and just plain enjoyable writing. I still feel like it only scratches the surface of the idea of hygge but to delve deeper would probably have meant that the book itself would be less hyggelig and one of the nicest things about this little volume is how much it embodies its subject. Because not only are you reading about hygge, but the smoothness of the cover, the simple, slightly rustic but elegant style of the illustrations, the length of the chapters and just the feel of turning the pages to me felt very hyggelig indeed and I could totally see myself reading it in front of a fire with a mug of hot chocolate and some ebelskivers. The very occasional addition of recipes and craft instructions were a nice touch - small additions which didn't overwhelm the informational basis of the book but simply provided a few ideas of things to try. Wiking looks at a range of aspects of hygge which overall gives a strong understanding of what it is. The importance of light was really interesting in particular and is making me rethink lighting in my home and I also liked how the book considers hygge at work too. This is particularly relevant for me at the moment because I'm starting a PhD this year and will be spending a lot of time sitting about reading and I'm thinking that ramping up the hygge factor will make all of that just a good deal more enjoyable. The reason I've only given this three stars is that while I learned quite a bit from the book, it felt a little bit lightweight. But I'm a bit conflicted about this because while there's not a vast amount of detail, I also kind of feel that it has exactly as much detail as it needs. Unlike other books I've felt were light, I'm glad I bought this one and I suspect I'll come back to it again. I think the hyggelig form factor counts for a lot, and overall I do think that it encourages testing out the ideas and reconsidering one's own environment - perhaps even because it's a little light on details. Hygge is one of those words that's not easily translated into English and as I read the book I really got the feeling that the detail I was craving might be provided by practical follow-up - that I would probably learn more by creating moments of hygge in my life - than by reading more about it. I've only just finished it and it might be a little while before I implement much from the book, so possibly I'll revise my star rating later on.

  25. 5 out of 5

    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 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 drawings, or charts to back up the statistics mentioned. It’s just a nice little book to flick through, whether you’re settling down for a long read or just want to quickly reread your fave chapter. It’d definitely be a lovely gift for someone too! Not for one moment was I bored by this book. I absolutely sped through it, devouring every new page as I turned them. Which was quite conflicting, considering I wanted to savour every page too. It’s just full of so many different things – facts (not the boring type), small anecdotes, pop culture references, language comparisons, recipes, you name it. It jumps from one thing to another, while still remaining relevant, instead just allowing you to comprehend what hygge means. I especially loved all the comparisons between different cultures. Whether it was through those language comparisons, or through statistics about particular topics, I found it fascinating to see the differences in people’s everyday lives. How people balance work with their social life, how their homes are decorated, even down to what they eat…all of these things (and more) are discussed and compared throughout, and it really helps to compare the concept of hygge to your life, no matter where you’re from. This book is dubbed as a “self-help” book, but to me it didn’t feel that way at all. Sure, it shows you ways you can possibly feel better in day-to-day life, but it’s already relatable and just made me feel comfortable, rather than searching for “help”. In fact, I’d just call this book a huge collective appreciation, something that I and no doubt so many others will come back to many a time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bibliovoracious

    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 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 glad there's a word for all things cozy and comfort. My very favorite part was a tiny bit of a concept tucked in the book - the idea that "hygge-ness" cannot exist without the contrast- that the daily stress of running and rushing and being productive provokes the striving towards more enjoyable and healing hygge. It's not all about the lazing around; it's about deliberately and consciously creating and appreciating the down time for maximum presence and enjoyment.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aya

    "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 "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 Hygge one day! Beautifully designed. The cover is so stunning, and the inside is full of so many pictures, drawings and charts inserted to every single topic and method talked about through the book. Also, it is full of recipes and pictures of food that looked so delicious which made me hungry and want to try all of them! So, it was a fun and warm read which I enjoyed. I want to read more and more about Denmark and "Hygge" in the future.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    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 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 outdoors, candles and low level lighting, reading whole snuggling under blankets, etc. I'm all in !!! Hygge is a Danish word that encompasses the feeling of coziness and living well. Denmark is often called the happiest country on earth and the concept of hygge is one of the main attributions to this. With the darker winter months settling in and people's working and social lives being more busy and stressful than ever before, we can all use a little hygge in our lives. And this gorgeous book by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen can help you do just that. And therein lies the difference. Happiness isn't something that occurs by accident, it's created and in The Little Book of Hygge author Meik Wiking talks about the different ways in which the Danish people achieve this, from the importance of lighting to food & drink, and everything in between. It's a really interesting and insightful journey through different aspects that can create a platform for a happier lifestyle. And, befitting the author's job, the road to living well as described within the book isn't only paved with examples of how the Danish achieve it, but also studies that support the theory. The Little Book of Hygge was an absolute delight and inspiration to read. I'm sure I'm not the only one who in recent years has become more and more consumed by work and stress, and it can be difficult to break out of the pattern of work-sleep-repeat and truly enjoy life and the little moments within it. This book, while of course not changing my life for me completely or taking away all of the stress from work, provides a basis for a healthier and more enjoyable life. It's filled with tips and tricks to achieving hygge, many of which are really not that hard to achieve as long as you make sure you actually do them. Things that stood out to me in particular included creating a hyggekrog (a place in the home where you'd love to snuggle up in a blanket with a book and a cup of tea), non-scented candles, and the importance of feeling close to nature. There are also delicious recipes included within this little tome of happiness, a month by month breakdown to show you how you can achieve hygge all throughout the year, and even a series of ideas to create hygge on the cheap – so it's achievable for anyone at any point in their life. This book is a true treasure of happiness and insight into a very unique part of the Danish culture, and one we can all learn a lot from. I highly recommend, even if it's for a gift

  29. 5 out of 5

    Klinta

    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 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 even his idea of making soups with friends in my circle 20 years ago usually would just end up making one soup. Because all the same cheap/home grown ingredients would be brought. The same would happen in regards to preserves - in a poor society you make a lot of preserves/pickle stuff, so making one jar of jam for each of the 5 participants would be considered a waste of time and resources. You could be making a supply for the whole year and then share. "But it's not very hygge to do it alone." Yeah, but it isn't also very hygge to make yourself do it and then just think how you could have done the whole batch of strawberries instead of just 3 kilos. I don't know if anyone reading this will ever understand what I mean honestly, I don't even know how many people in the world have made their own jam. Here's a thing that the hygge book didn't mention: "If something that is supposed to be hygge seems stupid to you, it isn't hygge for you." The book didn't feel hygge to me, the pictures seemed cold and fake opposed to hygge. But with this book, I think, I conclude reading books about hygge as I found out that I have been making my life hyggeligt even before I found out what hygge is. One thing this book did though - I want to visit Denmark. I once lived there you know.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Audiobook 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 Audiobook 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 their happy place in their world. Did I learn a lot from the book, no. Did I enjoy listening to the wonderful voice of the narrator, yes. I did learn a few things and maybe I'll take time to light a few more candles and have more game nights. I was pleased to find that I do practice many of the ways to Hygge that the book talked about. Who would have though I'm touch Hygge girl. This would make a great gift book for friends loved ones or co workers

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