The Little Book of Hygge

  • by Meik Wiking
  • Narrated by Meik Wiking
  • 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Happy & Cozy In Denmark

This book is a quick listen with interesting ideas about increasing the level of perceived happiness in life. Danish people are considered to be the happiest in the world--even with the deck stacked against them--terrible weather, high taxes and long periods of darkness. Wiking presents an overview of hygge or coziness and how to create it and find it all around you.

My favorite parts of the book were the discussions centered on word derivations and complex word meanings from around the world. I was also fascinated by the theory of lighting presented. Overall an engaging look at Danish thinking and culture. A pleasant diversion.
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- Sara

Pretty fluffy and light stuff

Coasting on the back of the positive happiness waive of personal fulfillment books these last few years. This is very light on information. I will summarize. The Danes are statistically a happy bunch. They like soft lighting, small groups of friends, and hot drinks, which all contribute to feelings of general contentment. So, light some candles, make some friends, and make hot chocolate and your life will be so much more full of hygge.
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- Lisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-17-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio