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The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well (Penguin Life) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2016

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Life; 01 edition (1 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241283914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241283912
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews)
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the best qualified author (...) cosy and engaging (Sunday Express)

Infectiously positive (...) the best beginner's guide (Mail on Sunday)

this book explains everything you need to know about the Danish art of living well (Metro)

Danish, dishy and the world's happiest man (this book) is gorgeously designed (Times)

every wondered why Denmark is always ranked one of the happiest places on earth? Well, that's down to hygge. And want to know what hygge is? Then read this book. (Daily Mail Ireland)

a thorough and genuinely helpful little life bible that you'll find yourself coming back to time and again. Hooray for Hygge! (Heat)

From the Back Cover

The Danes are famously the happiest people in the world, and hygge is a cornerstone of their way of life. Hygge (pro-nounced Hoo-ga) loosely translates as a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. It is about gratitude and savoring the simple pleasures in life. In short, it is the pursuit of everyday happiness.

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By Laura Patricia Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2016
Format: Hardcover
I'm sure a lot of you have been hearing the term hygge (pronounced HUE-ga) used quite a lot recently and if you are still unsure what it is, then I shall attempt to explain. Hygge is the Danish word for enjoying life's simple pleasures. This could be spending time with friends and family, getting all cosy at home with candles and a good book or enjoying good food. Basically it cannot be translated into one word, but this wonderful little book helps to illustrate exactly how you can make your life more hygge.

This is such a stunning little book. The design on the outside is reflected throughout and there are some additional beautiful photographs that I literally could have just stared at for hours. I am even going to go ahead and state the obvious that the book was the epitome of hygge. It was just such a lovely book to get all cosy with on these dark and chilly evenings.

It's reading this that you can really see just why the Danish are said to be the happiest people in the world. When can I move to Denmark?!

One of the main parts of hygge is candles and in Denmark they burn the most candles per head in Europe and by quite a large margin. I went through a stage of not liking candles and now I could not live without them, so I completely understand why they are so popular.

What also makes this book extra special is that it gives you little tips on how to make your life more hygge. There's a brilliant chapter on what to do each month that is very hygge, and other brilliant and simple ideas throughout. They are such simple, easy to do ideas and they don't break the bank either. I have already planned a movie night in with my boyfriend.

As usual when I love a book so much, I never feel my review does it justice! Just know that The Little Book of Hygge is a must-have on your bookshelf and it also makes for the perfect gift. Now I'm off to live in Denmark.
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The BEST of all the books about Hygge - and I've bought four in the past week! Lovely.
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An absolutely beautiful book that I read cover to cover in just one day. A perfect mix of humour, beautiful writing and interesting information. I can't recommend this book enough!
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Girlfriend seemed happy when I gave it to her, she seems a bit happier too, not sure if it's to do with the hygge or her change of meds.
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Explains wonderfully how the simple things in life create happiness- It's not rocket science - but fascinating how the Danes have embedded this into their culture because it is so important . Loved it.
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By Kim on 15 Sept. 2016
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Brilliant book, a feelgood read, with lots of ideas of how to create hygge in your own life.
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Perhaps fittingly this is the sort of book that needs to be purchased as a physical book. The kindle version was all disconnected pictures and passages of 200-400 words per page with lots of white space. It offers brief introductions to hygge essentials which might be nice as a gift or a coffee table flick-through. As an informative read the content was only so-so. Hygge is not a difficult concept to understand, it has been sold to the British middle-classes for a few years now. Wooden floors, wood burners, fire pits, home baking, designer candles, Scandi home furnishing, Heinz adverts to warm the cockles of your heart and Nigel Slater with simple supper recipes to share with friends from rustic earthenware crockery. If this middle-class wet dream is your sort of thing try an issue of 'The Simple Things' magazine, you'd love it. Yes catching up with friends in a cozy environment is great, candles are lovely and sweets/cakes are always welcome (although I'm not sure you'd be living well or that long if you indulged too often) and I don't think you need to tell Brits about the importance of a hot drink between friends. I guess my issue with the whole obsession with Denmark, Hygge and happiness is that the reason they are so happy is because they have an more equal society with free healthcare, an excellent welfare system, better working culture and better wealth redistribution through tax. To be fair the book does make this very point at the beginning. So when the British middle-classes want to recreate Danish living here in the UK they arguably need to do a bit more than installing a woodburner and having a cake and games night with friends.Read more ›
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The cover is gorgeous but I feel the content is a bit superficial. Sometimes it really felt like Meik was just mailing it in. Maybe that's unfair but I had expected a bit more depth and this book, while very pretty, just didn't have that.
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