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The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well Hardcover – 31 October 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.
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Infectiously positive (...) the best beginner's guide ― Mail on Sunday
this book explains everything you need to know about the Danish art of living well ― Metro
Danish, dishy and the world's happiest man (this book) is gorgeously designed ― Times
every wondered why Denmark is always ranked one of the happiest places on earth? Well, that's down to hygge. And want to know what hygge is? Then read this book. ― Daily Mail Ireland
a thorough and genuinely helpful little life bible that you'll find yourself coming back to time and again. Hooray for Hygge! ― Heat
- Publisher : Penguin Life; 1st edition (31 October 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241283914
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241283912
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 2.67 x 18.03 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 11,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is split up into various aspects of life; food, clothing, home etc. (Making it very easy to reference back to) and each section is rich in explanation of Danish tradition and customs. The author simply breaks down the elements of hygge, as well as some interesting studies on happiness, and therefore directly gives tips on how to create a hygge atmosphere and design hygge activities.
Would recommend to anyone who is interested in learning about hygge and happiness research or simply wants a quick reference guide to good Danish suggestions.
Hygge is a supposedly untranslatable Danish word that describes the concept of comfort that comes from relaxing around friends. This book has lots of nice stories and anecdotes about what makes hygge and how you can introduce a little hygge into your life.
Hint: bring candles.
I do recommended.
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As indians, some things would seem out of context as we can't relate to it due to cultural differences. But it is worth reading and learning.
In conclusion, not bad :)
Seeing as it's now the Northern Hemispheres autumn, I'm making sure I get it read while it seems the perfect time of year to read a book about Hygge and snuggly blankets, flickering candles, crackling fires and warm comfy fluffy socks...
The Little Book of Hygge is such a cute little book! The cover just sums up everything the book is about - it's just so lovely. It's kind of an explanation as to what Hygge is - a Danish word that is kind of all about the essence of feeling cozy, warm and safe and snuggly - and how to incorporate it into your life. Basically, buy all the candles you can grab at IKEA and make yourself a cozy reading nook with a pile of blankets and cushions... I adored the recipes that were included, such a nice little surprise. They look fairly simple to make - even for a not particular natural cook like myself - and I can imagine the smell they would create on a cold and frosty day would be absolutely scrumptious.
This is kind of the perfect book to read in the hectic mad busy rush leading up to Christmas and new year. You can easily read a chapter, or a few pages, get distracted by some present wrapping or a Chrimbo movie, and not forget where you're up to or lose your way in a plot. I would suggest it's best read during autumn/winter - so you can Hygge up your house - which wouldn't feel right in spring or summer.
Highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn more about Danish customs, or even just to learn some fab little tips on how to make your home extra cosy and comfy during the colder months of the year. The only reason I didn't give it 5* was because I thought it became a bit repetitive at times with the number of lists.