The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge

The Danish Way to Live Well

Book - 2016
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"The Danish word hygge is one of those beautiful words that doesn't directly translate into English, but it more or less means comfort, warmth or togetherness. Hygge is the feeling you get when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, in warm knitted socks, in front of the fire, when it is dark, cold and stormy outside. It that feeling when you are sharing good, comfort food with your closest friends, by candle light and exchanging easy conversation. It is those cold, crisp blue sky mornings when the light through your window is just right. Denmark is the happiest nation in the world and Meik puts this largely down to them living the hygge way. They focus on the small things that really matter, spend more quality time with friends and family and enjoy the good things in life. The Little Book of Hygge will give you practical steps and tips to become more hygge- how to pick the right lighting, organise a dinner party and even how to dress hygge, all backed up by Meik's years' of research at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. This year live more like a Dane, embrace hygge and become happier."
Publisher: [London] : Penguin Life, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780241283912
0241283914
Characteristics: 287 pages :,colour illustrations ;,19 cm

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Margush
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.

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NRGR
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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Nola
Dec 23, 2016

This book has microscopic print that is in a very pale grey ink. I can't believe the library would buy something that is not readable and my eyes are not that bad, only -1 diopter. Why would a publisher do this? If it was black ink it would be better. Don't bother getting out if you wear glasses or at least take a look before you check out. Hope this helps someone lugging a user ugly book home.

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