The Danes are famously the happiest people in the world. Why?
The answer, says Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is because Hygge is a cornerstone of their way of life. Hygge (pro-nounced Hoo-ga) loosely translates as 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."
You know hygge when you feel it.
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 with your closet friends, having an easy conversation with loved ones at a candlelit table. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.
With its 221 inspiration-and-enlightenment-packed pages and illustrations, The Little Book of Hygge is the ultimate hygge initiation.
It 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.
A simple, 10-part manifesto, The Little Book of Hygge is a practical and useful guide to discovering gratitude and savoring the richness of life that can be found all around us in everyday small pleasures and comforts.
In short, it is about the pursuit of everyday happiness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Meik Wiking is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, research associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, and founding member of the Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies.
He and his research have been featured in more than five hundred media outlets, including The Washington Post, BBC, Huffington Post, the Times of London, The Guardian, CBS, Monocle, The Atlantic, and PBS News Hour. He has spoken at TEDx, and his books have been translated into more than fifteen languages. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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