The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge

Danish Secrets to Happy Living

eBook - 2017
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2017.
ISBN: 9780062658814
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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CALS_Lee May 27, 2020

Flipping through the book itself is kinda cozy, it's a pleasant and attractive physical artifact. Don't think it's terribly helpful about anything beyond that. Has a few Danish recipes, I guess. Fills up the rest of its pages with advice like buy candles and warm socks, drink hot beverages, and hang out with friends (this was pre-pandemic, sigh).

Dec 25, 2019

My smart, beautiful, genius, talented daughter-in-law sent me this book for no reason, including a note saying, “I’m one of her tribe.” It was so heart-warming because who among us deserves family so caring and loving and thoughtful? (Soon after that she kind of got mad at me but we’re back to normal, just like normal families. You weren’t jealous, were you?)

Reading it, I thought of my perfectly made-up, beautifully groomed DIL and considered how she goes through her day. What must it be like to be so confident, so calm while making life a little easier for everyone in her reach, yet also being completely singular, assuming the best for herself all the time? (I say that as someone who settles for less than I should. It is admirable to live your life knowing you deserve better, and holding out for it because better comes to those who feel as if they are worth it. I have no idea what that would be like. I am envious.)

The book, though, is something you read to yourself at night in winter while it’s raining outside, miserably cold, and you’re surrounded by thick pillows, fat blankets and warm love if not warm air. You have such good dreams! It’s like a Danish hug, if not a Danish itself but without the stickiness and calories.

That said, it reads really quickly because there isn’t much to it. Candles start fires and smell so I have issues. Unfortunately for me, candles and fireplaces are pretty much 80% of hygge. So it’s like watching a movie - a great idea, a lovely thought, a nice way to get your mind into something you will never actually experience, but not practical or anything you would actually do IRL.

Kind of like me actually holding out for deserving better. It’s not going to happen and I’m okay with it. Not going to light candles, either.

Jun 02, 2019

Meik Wiking (the author) paints an enticing picture of crackling fires, good books, wine, and times with good friends as the path to hygge. But, it’s more than that. It’s how the Danes look at getting more joy out of your time here. It’s about the little things you can do for yourself at no great expense that make memories to cherish and build relationships with the people that matter to you. This book reminds you to take time for yourself and your loved ones.

Your idea of hygge may be a little different than his but it will follow a common theme - having a quiet peaceful mind. Try his suggestions – good food and good times in good company or alone. Think about what else engenders this feeling in you. Then, unplug, indulge yourself, and make time to do it.

Meik Wiking, the author and reader, is well equipped to be both as the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. His calming vocalizations with just the right lilt bring the text to life, making the listener envision the quiet times and times with friends this book espouses.

It’s well worth giving this book space in your head.

Feb 04, 2019

Nothing in here you can't read online or figure out for yourself.

May 01, 2018

Excuse me while I go light a candle, make myself a nice cuppa, and read this book.

Jan 03, 2018

Cute book can be read in a sitting or two. Perfect for a quiet, chilly winter morning or evening. I kind of love that it was written by a man. Finally a word to fit the recurring sweet moments of “everyday” life. Interesting examples, Author, some pretty funny too. Hurray for Hygge!

Sep 23, 2017

The only way I can describe this book is that I was definitely born the wrong nationality and should've been born in Denmark. These people actually embrace the introvert wet dream- candles, sweaters and cardigans, delicious food and sweets, coffee, Christmas, and socializing in small groups. What more could I ever begin to ask for?

Jul 21, 2017

I initially checked this book out after hearing the word "hygge" everywhere and people's newfound Danish obsession. At first glance, I love the cover illustrations and found the first chapter captivating. However, after the first two chapters, everything becomes repetitive. I did learn some interesting facts about Denmark and how to make life more cozy or "hygge", which I believe is especially important living in the PNW. It also is a nice reminder that living in a dark, rainy and cold place most of the year, we really need to value our friendships and have a close knit circle of friends to keep us from lingering into a winter's depression.

I returned this book without reading the whole thing, maybe it become more interesting in the end?

Cynthia_N Jun 03, 2017

I've already been practicing hygge and I didn't even know it! It's all about coziness and comfort. Candles, not so bright lights, yummy foods, a few good friends, soft blankets, good books, etc. Quick comforting read that gave me even more ideas to make my life even more cozy!

May 13, 2017

Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) is a lifestyle in Danish culture emphasizing the enjoyment of the simple life, in the warmth, comfort and security of the home, and embracing a sense of togetherness with others. When we think of hygge, we may picture a nook piled with cushions and blankets by a warm fire where one can curl up with a hot beverage and a good book. This is hygge. The sharing of a meal with friends can also be hygge. Candlelight or firelight is definitely hygge.

I was curious about this latest craze in the self-help genre that more recently brought us "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo, which focused on self-actualization by surrounding oneself with the things we really care about and/or need and chucking the rest. Before that, it was something else, and after Hygge, there will be another cultural appropriation as a means of selling the public with the secret to happiness.

Today, it's a healthy dose of hedonism with hygge. Perhaps I have some Danish in my background (my husband certainly doesn't) because we are both already practicing hygge without giving it a proper name. Valuing simplicity, quiet, comfort, taking enjoyment in good foods and spending time with close friends, or reading a good book or being in nature. Where we've failed is in the completely absence of candlelight. I'd like to see a book on hygge adequately explain how to keep a large cat away from a 12-inch taper lit candle. Until then, I'm inclined to think what I did before.

It's another philosophical line of self-help books that is total bosh.

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