The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge

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 th...

Details The Little Book of Hygge

TitleThe Little Book of Hygge
Release DateNov 16th, 2016
PublisherPenguin UK
Number of pages287 pages
GenreNonfiction, Self Help

Reviews The Little Book of Hygge

  • Lily
    Lifecycle of an idea:1) hear about it on NPR2) 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 danis...
  • 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...
  • helen the bookowl
    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? D...
  • 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, ...
  • Karina Read
    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??
  • 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 hygg...
  • 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 p...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Margret Lacombe
    I think I've always practiced Hygge. This book was so very charming and uplifting
  • Aya Hamza
    "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 wa...
  • marta
    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 anythin...
  • 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 tha...
  • 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."
  • ↟↟ sarah ↟↟
    This book was beautifully-designed, with wonderful photos and digital prints inspired by Nordic life. I had never heard the term hygge before picking up this book, and now I am borderline obsessed with it - searching hygge on Pinterest and Instagram, finding ways to make our home more hygge-like, lighting all the candles and drinking all the tea and reading all the books. I've always enjoyed learning about Scandinavian culture, so learning more a...
  •  Lisa A. ✿
    Hygge (pronounced hoo-gaa) evidently is a popular topic right now. I had placed a hold on this book months ago and completely forgot about it. Last Sunday, I watched one of those feel-good types of news stories on CBS that was all about the Happiest Country on Earth (not the US!) and the practice of hygge. Coincidentally, my library book became became available that same afternoon, so I decided to settle into my comfy chair, with my favorite cozy...
  • Tânia Tanocas
    Descobri que sou Muito Feliz, graças à prática de alguns dos seus conceitos, isto é, muito daquilo que é o meu dia a dia são «Hygge» praticados pelos dinamarqueses por serem considerados o povo mais feliz, fiquei contente, pois sem saber tenho andado a fazer o caminho certo para continuar a ser feliz ;) Mas infelizmente não fiquei fã, nem maravilhada ao ponto de colocar em prática algumas das outras «Hygge» (que não faço) descritas...
  • Io Nuca
    La început mi s-a părut foarte interesantă, mai ales că nu știam ce e hygge. Dar, în timp ce citeam, mi-am dat seama că are un oarecare aer de self-help și mi s-a cam luat. Cartea în sine arată foarte bine - are un layout fain, desene și poze mișto etc. Păcat că autorul nu s-a abținut și a început cu sfaturile despre cum să ne facem noi viața mai hygge, de parcă 1. putem noi spera să îi imităm pe danezi; 2. gata, dacă apri...
  • Clare Holman-Hobbs
    The Little Book of Hygge presents to us what millions of Tumblr aesthetic blogs are trying to accomplish, and just by opening the book and looking at the photographs, the way the book is set out, everything, you'll understand why. Having said this, it seems to me to be a good reference book. As someone who has anxiety it had a few tips and tricks for a calming atmosphere like cosiness and peacefulness which can be executed using dim lighting (can...
  • Simone Hagemann
    Nogle gange støder man på bøger, som bare er helt perfekte. Sådan en bog er "The Little Book of Hygge". Den slog alle mine forventninger af banen, og endte med at være endnu mere fantastisk end jeg overhovedet kunne have drømt om. Det virker dumt at sige det, men den er en af de hyggeligste bøger, jeg nogensinde har læst. Teksten er fin, morsom og meget let at relatere til - i hvert fald som dansker, der elsker hygge. Desuden er bogen sp...
  • Katherine
    I picked up this little book on a whim, attracted to it's twee cover and promise of cosiness. Hygge is a concept and way of life that speaks to me as an introvert. But I am far from unique in that respect, for who doesn't like to feel cozy and happy? While I enjoyed the experience of planning for ways in which to make my life sweeter in reference to this book, I didn't find it nearly as helpful as say, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on th...
  • Katri
    The Little Book of Hygge on oikein kiva kirja siitä, mittä hygge oikeastaan on ja miksi tuolle sanalle ei tahdo löytyä käännöstä, joka vastaisi täysin tuota tanskalaisten sanaa. Samalla kun syvennytään hyggeen, syvennytään myös onnellisuuteen. Kirja on kiinnostava ja hauska lukea. Kirja kuitenkin vähän kärsii samojen asioiden toistelusta. Kirjaa olisikin voinut hieman karsia toiston osalta, jolloin se olisi jämäkämpi. Lisäksi...
  • Katy
    Let's face it, Hygge is hot right now. This little sweet book might be a cash grab, but it had me grinning ear to ear. There are some great ideas for how and why we need hygge (or what I best describe as comforting coziness) in our lives. Wool socks, hot tea, cake and friends. Just thinking about these joys lowers stress!While I love considering this... concept? Method? Way of life?, I'm left bemoaning that Danish gift of healthy work-life balanc...
  • Alexandra Wild
    This is like a cosy (hygge!) Tumblr blog in book form - I LOVE it. There seems to be a lot to learn from this simple little word and the Danes' treatment of it. Meik Wiking is an amusing, fascinating, and warm writer and he expertly covers so many areas in this book. He explores different interpretations of hygge, he devotes chapters to 'light', 'food and drink', 'home' etc., giving a really comprehensive view of hygge. This book could easily bel...
  • 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...
  • Alicia May
    This was the perfect autumnal book. I'm so glad I read it. I took its advice and read with candles going and tucked into a warm blanket and now I have such fond memories and will probably read this book every autumn. 5 stars is hard to come by for me so this book did very well
  • Conor
    Last week I took a break from work to hold forth on a group text about which one of our friends has the most hygge ("hoo-guh") life. It was my friend whose essence is her green velour sweatpants, her love of curling up on couches with yams and mulled wine or port, and her cozy apartment in which she lives alone. One of my other friends who--pregnant with a 2 year old, a working husband and working as an editor for the Op Ed section of the NYT--ha...
  • Léa
    Un livre sympathique et très bien fait qui nous explique parfaitement en quelques pages ce qu'est la philosophie hygge (que j'ai énormément de mal à prononcer correctement !). Les touches d'humour de l'auteur apporte un grand plus. Je le conseille fortement à toutes les personnes qui souhaiteraient en apprendre plus sur cette philosophie de vie et qui aime l'art de vivre scandinave.
  • Valentina
    4.5 starsHygge nije nužno samo danski fenomen, iako ga Danci možda najviše doživljavaju i žive. Dakako da na to utječe i dobro uređeno društvo i dobar životni standard. Danci se smatraju jednom od najsretnijih nacija na svijetu, na što sigurno ne utječu dobre vremenske prilike, ali tu je besplatno zdravstveno osiguranje, dobre mjere za nezaposlene kao i besplatno visoko obrazovanje. Hygge je pojam vezan uz blagostanje, ali ne ono mater...