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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.

    20 of 23 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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    ***** 07-07-17
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    "An Entertaining Listen"
    Where does The Little Book of Hygge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TLBH is an entertaining nonfiction book. I enjoy my hardcover copy of the book, but I wanted the audiobook as well so that I could listen to it while cooking and knitting. I enjoyed TLBH a bit more than other nonfiction audiobooks I've listened to because it was inspiring and humorous as well as informative.


    What other book might you compare The Little Book of Hygge to and why?

    The closest I can compare it to would be The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but TLBH is in my opinion more entertaining and less didactic.


    What about Meik Wiking’s performance did you like?

    Meik Wiking's voice is warm and pleasant. He reminds me of a Danish boy I knew in high school. He is very capable of conveying sarcasm and humor in English.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Our family's lifestyle is already pretty hyggelig by Danish standards. We need more candles, though, and a Cakeman for our next child's birthday party! I liked that recipes for Danish dishes were included. We're giving them a try.

    Danish culture sounds accommodating of introverts, unlike many other Western cultures.

    It's interesting that Danes consider societal stability a key component of their personal happiness. It sounds like a dog-eat-dog, survival-of-the-fittest attitude is not a Danish value.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm surprised by the less than positive reviews here. What were you all expecting, a scientific analysis of the Danish psyche written by a professor from the University of Copenhagen? Familiarize yourself with a book and its author before you read it and adjust your expectations accordingly. This is a relaxed, sweet, funny homage to Danish culture written by a native son. So lighten up, light a candle or two, snuggle on your sofa with a cup of tea, and try to get into the spirit of hygge. It might do your soul some good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree 06-19-17
    Desiree 06-19-17
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    "BUY THE REAL BOOK"

    Keep with the theme of the book and buy the hard copy! It's a beautiful book that would definitely be more enjoyable to read from an actual printed book. Plus, there are recipes and other fun things you'll want printed copies of! I'm sad I only have the audio version!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dc1313 06-02-17
    Dc1313 06-02-17 Member Since 2013
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    "It was cute!"

    I love to listen about different cultures! This is the first book on hygge I have read and I have been living the Hygge life without even knowing it!

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    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 😊

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    A. Peroni France 09-12-17
    A. Peroni France 09-12-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Definitely a no"
    What disappointed you about The Little Book of Hygge?

    All what us said in this book is non sense. Candles, chocolate, family meals, Christmas...whatever. People already knows what they make them happy, this is a useless book with plenty of useless advice.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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