Hygge, Lykke, Lagom

While there's no such thing as a true utopia (and pretending that anyone on this planet has life all-figured-out is probably nothing short of fantasy) we can still learn a lot from the lands of hygge, lykke, and lagom. Find out the theories behind what makes the people of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden feel cozy, happy, and balanced—and how you can too. Then, transport yourself by exploring some of the history, mythology, and fiction inspired by these unique European societies.
x Audible Editor, Rachael Xerri

The Little Book of Hygge By: Meik Wiking
“Get comfy. Who among us doesn't enjoy that cozy feeling of cuddling up with a warm blanket and sipping a hot beverage? Learn how to feel that way more often.”
The Little Book of Lykke By: Meik Wiking
“Be happy. Easier said than done? Joy has been here all along. Just look around you.”
Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much By: Niki Brantmark
“Find balance. The old adage is true: not too much, not too little, what you need is somewhere in the middle. Learn how Swedish people apply this to everything in life from kneading dough to organizing a home. ”

Danish Language Lesson

“...‘slut’ means ‘ends’ or ‘finished’. So my new washing machine hasn’t been abusing me all this time when it stopped and flashed the word ‘slut’ at me in bright red lights!” ― Helen Russell, The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

Finnish Fun Fact

“The law on basic education in Finland specifically states that after school and homework, students should still be allowed time for hobbies and rest.”― Anu Partanen, The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

Swedish Parenting Tip

“[In] Sweden, 'friluftsliv' is generally defined as 'physical activity outdoors to get a change of scenery and experience nature, with no pressure to achieve or compete.'― Linda Åkeson McGurk, There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids

The secrets to Scandinavian success

    • The Nordic Theory of Everything

    • In Search of a Better Life
    • By: Anu Partanen
    • Narrated by: Abby Craden
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 396
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 354

    In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A non-radical perspective on two societies

    • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-20-17
    • In Search of a Better Life
    • By: Anu Partanen
    • Narrated by: Abby Craden
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 06-28-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 396 ratings
    • Hoo-ga-what-now?
    • For when all of those new words are spinning in your head and you just want to live a better life. This book's mission is simple, just like living a happier life.
    • Norwegian Wood

    • Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
    • By: Lars Mytting
    • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    The latest Scandinavian publishing phenomenon is not a Stieg Larsson-like thriller; it's a book about chopping, stacking, and burning wood that has sold more than 200,000 copies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Book

    • By Daniel on 01-24-17
    • Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
    • By: Lars Mytting
    • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 10-31-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 57 ratings
    • No fireplace required
    • If you're the sort of person who enjoys learning about how highly skilled artisans complete perform detailed crafts (think sushi masters or photo-realistic painters), this book is for you. Even if you can count the number of times you've chopped wood on no fingers.
    • The Danish Way of Parenting

    • What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids
    • By: Jessica Joelle Alexander, Dissing Sandahl
    • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
    • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 562
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 473
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 470

    Discover the parenting secrets of the happiest people in the world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Positive and uplifting parenting book

    • By Flint on 02-21-17
    • What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids
    • By: Jessica Joelle Alexander, Dissing Sandahl
    • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
    • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 08-09-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 562 ratings
    • Play nice, be kind, follow the Golden Rule
    • This one may be a parenting title, but the lessons apply to all people who want to be a part of a better society. Learn from the six essential principles that Danish parents use to raise successful kids.
    • The Finnish Way

    • Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power of Sisu
    • By: Katja Pantzar
    • Narrated by: Karen Cass
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Journalist Katja Pantzar moved to the remote Nordic country of Finland, and what she discovered there transformed her body, mind, and spirit. She shows listeners how to embrace the "keep it simple and sensible" daily practices that make Finns one of the happiest populations in the world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By Lindsay B. on 02-16-19
    • Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power of Sisu
    • By: Katja Pantzar
    • Narrated by: Karen Cass
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 06-26-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 32 ratings
    • Wait, I have to learn another word?
    • This list wouldn't be complete without mentioning sisu. It's is a Finnish word that roughly translates to "determination in the face of adversity." Think of it as the Nordic version of "pull yourself up by your bootstraps."
    • The Almost Nearly Perfect People

    • Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
    • By: Michael Booth
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 408
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 368
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 359

    In The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Michael Booth explains who the Scandinavians are, how they differ and why, and what their quirks and foibles are....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing! Anthropological, historical, entertaining

    • By Jay Friedman on 09-30-15
    • Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
    • By: Michael Booth
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 04-22-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 408 ratings
    • The skeptic's guide
    • Journalist and Denmark resident, Michael Booth, traveled Scandinavia in search of the truth. And while there isn't a single place on Earth that can lay claim to building a utopian society, the Nordic people still have a lot to share about what does work to build a slightly better one.

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