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New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
ix, 221 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
"The Danes are famously the happiest people in the world, and hygge is a cornerstone of their way of life. Hygge (pronounce Hoo-ga) loosely translates as a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on the 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. It is about gratitude and savoring the simple pleasures in life. In short, it is the pursuit of everyday happiness." -- Page 4 of cover.
Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by Penguin Random House UK.
The key to happiness? -- Light -- We need to talk about hygge -- Togetherness -- Food and drink -- Clothing -- Home -- Hygge outside the home -- Hygge all year round -- Hygge on the cheap -- Hygge tour of Copenhagen -- Christmas -- Summer Hygge -- Five dimensions of hygge -- Hygge and happiness.
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Wiking (CEO, the Happiness Research Inst.) maintains that the Danes are the happiest people in the world because of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga), a concept that embodies atmosphere and experience over things. Some of the elements of -hygge involve living in the moment, making relationships a priority, relaxation, equality, and comfort. Wiking offers ideas for finding such well-being in the areas of food and drink (e.g., eat slowly), clothing (e.g., dress for comfort), and in the home (e.g., use a lot of candles). She also claims that one can make an office or cubicle more hygge by organizing potlucks, decorating with plants, and bringing one's dog to work. VERDICT An exciting and intriguing guide, full of ideas for making everyday life more cozy. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
<p>New York Times Bestseller</p> <p>Embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and become happier with this definitive guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.</p> <p>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."</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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:</p> 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. <p>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.</p>
Table of Contents
Introductionp. vi
The Key To Happiness?p. viii
Lightp. 1
We Need To Talk About Hyggep. 15
Togethernessp. 33
Food and Drinkp. 51
Clothingp. 81
Homep. 89
Hygge Outside the Homep. 111
Hygge all Year Roundp. 123
Hygge On The Cheapp. 137
Hygge Tour Of Copenhagenp. 155
Christmasp. 161
Summer Hyggep. 183
Five Dimensions of Hyggep. 195
Hygge and Happinessp. 205
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