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The Little Book of Hygge Audiobook

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

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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.

©2016 Meik Wiking (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    sara 02-07-17
    sara 02-07-17

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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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 03-09-17
    Lisa 03-09-17
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SSantana 01-20-17
    SSantana 01-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great"

    Kept it simple + clear concepts + amusing. Easy to listen inviting a mug of tea and cookies in a very hygge environment 😊

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matt T. 05-08-17
    Matt T. 05-08-17
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    "Not a great audio Book."
    What disappointed you about The Little Book of Hygge?

    Seems Like a lot of pictures were referenced which were not really translated into the audio. Hard to follow and not very good for understanding the concepts


    Would you ever listen to anything by Meik Wiking again?

    Probably not, Seems a little misleading to make this book into and audio book when it seems like you really need to be engaged in it


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Meik Wiking?

    Possibly


    What character would you cut from The Little Book of Hygge?

    There weren't any characters


    Any additional comments?

    Trying to visualize concepts that are supposed to be visual is rather complicated, this book is rather short on words and seems to really need the supporting visuals to make it a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Smile 04-15-17
    Smile 04-15-17
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    "Short, to the point and informative."

    I enjoyed the book quite a bit and I thought that the narrator /author warmed up quite a bit as he went along. I thought his narration added an extra depth of charm to the book its self. I thought it was a nice overview of the idea of hygge.

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    Joe Lapin Florida 04-13-17
    Joe Lapin Florida 04-13-17 Member Since 2015

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    "meh"

    Kind of interesting but not really worth the cost. I would give it a shot but not expect much.

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    Ingvild 04-05-17
    Ingvild 04-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ok book"

    A basic book about hygge, which makes you feel ok with yourself. Nicely read by the author.

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    Mark 03-22-17
    Mark 03-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "First syllable clipping"

    Audible has so many recordings that the editing has rendered the book almost unlistenable. For every edited cut they lose half the first word.

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    R. Van der Lugt 03-22-17
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    "Narrator warms up as he goes along."

    This little book holds a genuine world of comfort. It is worth listening to for learning the Danish way of enhancing happiness and Hygge. In the beginning, the narrator speaks in a mechanical and choppy way but he relaxes and warms up as the book progresses. At first, I found the narration distracting and wondered if it had been worth purchasing. Now that I've listened to the whole book, I can say yes, it was worth buying. I enjoyed this book. And I'll be incorporating even more elements of Hygge into my life. :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Llam 01-27-17
    Llam 01-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A great way to live your life"

    Since I live in a cozy cabin year round, this book warmed my heart and made me want to be Danish. I especially enjoyed the month by month suggestions for living a Hygge life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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