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The Book of Hygge

The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection
Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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"One of the best guides to creating a more socially connected and rewarding life." (Shelf Awareness)

Hygge (hoo-gah) is a Danish word but a universal feeling of being warm, safe, comforted, and sheltered - an experience of belonging to the moment and to each other. When life gets hectic, work grows stressful, and the days fly by, unplug and tune in. 

Hygge anchors us, reminding us to slow down, to connect with place and with one another, to dwell and savor rather than rush and spend. 

When you curl up by the fire with a blanket or have a simple meal with friends, that is hygge. When you acknowledge the sacred in the secular, or focus on people rather than things, or when you express love through small gestures, that is hygge

The Book of Hygge is an invitation to welcome abundance and contentment into your life. It is a call to live more fully by focusing on what moves you. 

With instructive meditations on relishing the everyday, it is your essential guide to cultivating the coziness that has made Danes the happiest people in the world. 

A perfect gift. As seen in the The New Yorker

©2017 Louisa Thomsen Brits (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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"The most poetic of the [hygge books]; I found myself repeatedly returning to its list-like incantation of hyggeligt habits." (Louisa Kamps, Elle)

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I felt like I was listening to a dictionary entry.

Aside from the fact that the Danes seem to be, "practically perfect in every way," according to the author, I really felt that the book was crazily repetitive. I wish I would have started counting the times she wrote about a hot cup of coffee or tea or the lighting of a candle. I understand those are features of the ideology, but I really felt she did not have enough to say to fill a book.

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A Nordic version of mindfulness meditation, except with warm coffee and friends. This book provokes images of warm comfort and peacefulness.