The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2016 - Self-Help - 288 pages

**THE INTERNATIONAL, NEW YORK TIMES and SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, WITH OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD**

Denmark has an international reputation for being one of the happiest nations in the world, and hygge is widely recognised to be the magic ingredient to this happiness.

Hygge has been described as everything from "the art of creating intimacy", "cosines of the soul", "the absence of annoyance" to "taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things", "cosy togetherness" and "the pursuit of everyday pleasures".

Hooga? Hhyooguh? Heurgh? It is not really important how you choose to pronounce or even spell 'hygge'. What is important is that you feel it. Whether you're cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends, hygge is about creating an atmosphere where we can let your guard down.

The Little Book of Hygge is the definitive, must-read introduction to hygge, written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. The book is packed full of original research on hygge, conducted by Meik and his team, along with beautiful photographs, recipes and ideas to help you add a touch of hygge to your life.

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My response to all of the craze around this book: one big shrug. It's nice that Danish people have developed a culture that allows them to cope with - and even enjoy - the harsh cold and long nights that their winters bring. But in no way does this book offer a way to bring about happiness for other cultures or climates. So it's an interesting read from an anthropological perspective, but I'm rather puzzled that it sparked a whole movement. 

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About the author (2016)

Meik Wiking founded the world's first Happiness Research Institute in 2013, in Copenhagen, Denmark and is a New York Times and Sunday Times Bestselling author.

Meik has been called The Indiana Jones of Smiles and probably the World's Happiest Man by The Times.

Besides his work at the Happiness Research Institute, he is Research Associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, and member of the policy advisory group for the Global Happiness Policy Report.

He is the author of two globally bestselling books which have sold 2 million copies worldwide: The Little Book of Hygge and The Little Book of Lykke. His upcoming book is The Art of Making Memories.

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