The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (Hardcover)

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This delightful little book will give you insights into what makes the people of Denmark happier than any other country. Meik Wiking not only shares the Danes' secrets with us, he shows us how to find our own Hygge. For starters, it's pronounced "hoo-ga" and it's about surrounding yourself with the things that bring you joy. Settle in your favorite reading place and discover the art of creating Hygge in your daily life.

— Jen Steele


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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.

The Little Book of Hygge introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish life, and offers advice and ideas on incorporating it into your own life, such as:

  • Get comfy. Take a break.
  • Be here now. Turn off the phones.
  • Turn down the lights. Bring out the candles.
  • Build relationships. Spend time with your tribe.
  • Give yourself a break from the demands of healthy living. Cake is most definitely Hygge.
  • Live life today, like there is no coffee tomorrow.

From picking the right lighting to organizing a Hygge get-together to dressing hygge, Wiking shows you how to experience more joy and contentment the Danish way.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062658807
ISBN-10: 0062658808
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English