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
ISBN9780241283912
Author
Release DateSep 1st, 2016
PublisherPenguin Life
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Psychology
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Reviews The Little Book of Hygge

  • Lily
    2016-10-31
    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
    2017-01-08
    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...
  • Barry
    2017-01-03
    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. ...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    2016-11-20
    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
    2017-02-02
    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, ...
  • Jennifer
    2017-02-19
    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...
  • Karina Read
    2016-08-30
    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??
  • Susan Budd
    2018-01-15
    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. Sometimes I wish I was a bear so I could just sleep through the whole thing and wake up in the spring. So the concept ...
  • marta
    2017-02-11
    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...
  • Hilary
    2016-11-22
    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...
  • David
    2018-06-28
    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 ...
  • Amanda
    2017-03-09
    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...
  • Whispering Stories
    2017-02-23
    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...
  • Sylvain Reynard
    2017-11-19
    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 ...
  • Barbara
    2017-08-06
    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 fo...
  • Cher
    2017-01-22
    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...
  • Margret
    2017-01-30
    I think I've always practiced Hygge. This book was so very charming and uplifting
  • Caitlin
    2016-09-07
    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. ...
  • Yodamom
    2017-04-20
    AudiobookGreat 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 m...
  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
    2017-09-13
    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 desi...
  • Amanda
    2017-03-04
    "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."
  • Sheri
    2017-02-10
    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.
  • Aya Hamza
    2017-01-25
    "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...
  • Sarah
    2018-01-27
    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 fri...
  • SoManyBooks SoLittleTime (Aven Shore)
    2016-11-12
    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 everything, heavy cream and chocolate, heaps of throw pillows, nooks and books. I'm a bit slack on the recommended levels of candles and pork c...
  • Bam
    2018-01-02
    Wouldn't you love to be the CEO of a Happiness Research Institute, an independent think tank focusing on well-being, happiness, and quality of life, like Meik Wiking? Can you think of a job that would be more fun to go to in the morning?This is a fun book that tries to explain why the Danes are among the happiest people in the world. His answer of course is HYGGE!!"Hygge is about appreciating the simple pleasures in life and can be achieved on a ...
  • Iva
    2017-06-01
    Great book about enjoying the little everyday things in life and realizing that they are the big things that make us the happiest overall. I will get back to it for sure because of many great ideas and it is a very beautiful, comforting, cozy book that makes us count our blessings in a very modest way and I love it. Longer review soon....
  • Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts)
    2017-12-21
    Ļoti interesanti, man patika. Grāmata, kas atgādina, cik vienkārši varam uzlabot savu dzīves kvalitāti ikdienā. Vērts pamācīties no dāņiem.Pilnā atsauksme: https://gramatas.wordpress.com/2018/0...
  • Sarah
    2016-12-24
    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...
  • Christine Spoors
    2017-04-15
    I've been meaning to pick this book up for months, and finally gave in after seeing it for £5 in the shops. I am so glad I finally bought it as it was such an interesting and cheerful read!I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this book, and was pleasantly surprised by the number of graphs and statistics used throughout. Wiking uses many figures and quotes to back up his detailed explanation of hygge. It was like I was reading a research...