The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge

The Danish Way to Live Well

Book - 2016
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In 2016, the world discovered hygge .
Denmark has an international reputation for being one of the happiest nations in the world, and hygge is widely recognised to be the magic ingredient to this happiness.

Hygge has been described as everything from "the art of creating intimacy", "cosines of the soul", "the absence of annoyance" to "taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things", "cosy togetherness" and "the pursuit of everyday pleasures".

Hooga? Hhyooguh? Heurgh? It is not really important how you choose to pronounce or even spell 'hygge'. What is important is that you feel it. Whether you're cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends, hygge is about creating an atmosphere where we can let your guard down.

The Little Book of Hygge is the definitive, must-read introduction to hygge , written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. The book is packed full of original research on hygge , conducted by Meik and his team, along with beautiful photographs, recipes and ideas to help you add a touch of hygge to your life.

Meik Wiking has the best job in the world: as the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, he is on a mission to discover what makes people happy. The "Indiana Jones of Smiles" wrote The Little Book of Hygge to better understand why Denmark consistently comes first in global happiness rankings. Following lots of research and insight, he came to the conclusion that hygge is the magic ingredient.

When he's not studying political science and writing several books and reports on happiness, wellbeing and quality of life, he enjoys photography and playing tennis (quite badly) with friends.

Publisher: London :, Penguin Life,, 2016
ISBN: 9780241283912
Branch Call Number: 158.1 WIK
Characteristics: 287 pages : colour illustrations ; 19 cm


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Sep 15, 2018

Hurray for Hygge! This short book tells us how the Danish concept of hygge is about more than candles, blankets, warm lighting, and wood fires. It’s taking mindful pleasure in a cozy, congenial moment, whether in solitude or with family or friends, which is good advice for our frenzied lifestyles. Learn how to make your home more hygge and how to create a hygge moment. Candles are definitely recommended.

Sep 10, 2017

This book is precious. It describes hygge in a delightful and scientific (not pseudo intellectual) way and is full of great tips on how to appreciate every moment and make your every day life happier through emotions, feelings, texture and taste. I, for example, loved an advice to buy something you NEED and connect that purchase to a rewarding and warm feeling or experience. By doing that and surrounding yourself with things that you feel connected to (a (small) gift from your loved one or a friend; something you've been saving for for a while etc.), you'd feel positive energy flowing as soon as you wear or see those items. I concur about a tiny font size in this book - it was tricky to read - but do give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

May 15, 2017

A charming short read about hygge - and its relation to the Dane's consistently high rating of happiness in comparison to the rest of the world. The book is produced by the Happiness Institute - so there is decent social science as back up. I'm especially drawn to things that are hyggeligt - and always have been - and now I have a much better understanding as to why. Hygge might be a Danish word, but it touches on deep human needs and concepts in most cultures.

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