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The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well (Penguin Life) by [Wiking, Meik]
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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 those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.

Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress.

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 134859 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062658808
  • Publisher: Penguin Life; 01 edition (1 September 2016)
  • Sold by: Penguin UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EXVIW06
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Don't know how this can work in Australia with our plentiful sunshine, wide open spaces, open plan houses and warm weather.
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I absolutely loved this book and look forward to applying much of it to my every day life, yay for hygge!
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A delightful read which outlines how to get the best out of your hygge and why the Danes are amongst the happiest peolpe in the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hands-on Hygge 18 January 2017
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Thorough, clear, and with a sprinkling of snark make this the best book I've read on "hygge," and I've read LOTS of them. Still looking for someone who can translate the concepts of summer hygge-ing from the cool, crisp woodlands and beaches of Scandinavia to the soggy, humid, bug-infested backyards of America though.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive Read. 5 April 2017
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Because the author, Meik Wiking, is the CEO of The Happiness Institute in Denmark, I thought he would be a good authority on the "Danish Secrets to Happy Living." After all, it's right in the title of the book, one would hope to glean some "secrets" to happiness. This seems to be a reasonable assumption. Instead, this is a repetitive and unorganized book with very little meat to it. Honestly, the whole thing feels more like a long winded magazine article.

With all the research available to the author, I would have liked to have read something more than this advice: light a candle, invite a couple of friends over, and eat cake. Really? That's the secret to happiness?

This book is such a fluff piece, I have NO idea why it has received so much attention. Minus one star for being misleading. You won't find any "secrets" in this book nor anything of tangible value.

Minus one star for repetition. How many times can an author say light a candle to experience hygge? The concepts in this book are superficial, yet they're repeated in almost every chapter. Plus, the chapters feel like they're out of order the way they are currently organized: minus another star.

I don't know who is to blame for this fluffy mess. The author? The editor? The publisher? The author has no trouble stringing sentences together. At times, the author did an excellent job of painting ideas. So...what happened? Why isn't there more information? Why are there hints of information at the beginning and ends of this book, with a bunch filler chapters in between? This book had so much potential. It could have been a useful book, a book to help people discover more happiness in their lives. What a wasted opportunity!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 8 February 2017
By CZ - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in the concept of "hygge" you will love this book! It's an easy read, very informative, includes happiness data and research, and provides ideas for incorporating more hygge into your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the design and illustrations are beautiful Scandinavian designs 13 May 2017
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This is a delightful little book. To start, the design and illustrations are beautiful Scandinavian designs. Some of the reviews here on Amazon mention the book being repetitive and too simple, but I think that's kind of the point of hygge: simplicity. Just be together, just enjoy stillness, quiet, simple pleasures, leisure. It's much more about a mindset than it is about a checklist of things to do and have in order to create hygge. I also thought Meik Wiking does a good job giving us (I'm American) a peek into Danish culture as a way to say that hygge is cultural. American culture just simply doesn't support it! We have to make efforts to create our own hygge in America. So if it starts with lighting candle tonight - do it!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit repetitive 4 March 2017
By JenJen - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book and it definitely hit home on some chapters I just found it quiet repetitive and the recipes not needed .... in my opinion