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Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life and what makes people happy. From bringing out the candles and spending time with your tribe to giving yourself a show more break from the demands of healthy living (cake is most definitely hygge), Meik's beautiful, inspiring book will help you to be more hygge. show less

Works by Meik Wiking

Guest Book (2018) 16 copies, 1 review
Mica enciclopedie Hygge (2017) 9 copies
Le Livre du Lykke (2019) 2 copies
A Minha Casa Hygge (2022) 2 copies


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Copenhagen, Denmark



This was the perfect book to read before bed during the too-long end of winter in the Northeast. I found myself reading it slowly to savor it, think about it, let it inspire me. I used my secret librarian due-date override to keep it out for way longer than I probably should have. There's just enough data to satisfy my desire for statistics and enough real-life examples to open my mind to what is possible. I find myself moving through the world with more awareness, finding inspiration and hope in my own life and in the community that surrounds me.… (more)
Flowercreek | 9 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
If 2016 was all about throwing things away a la Marie Kondo ([b:The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing|22318578|The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing|Marie Kondō|http://images.gr-assets.com/books/1418767178s/22318578.jpg|41711738]), then 2017 seems to be all about getting cozy.

This is a beautifully designed little book which extolls the benefits of coziness/homebodyness and good friends/good food as the way to happiness. The Danes generally rank at the top (or near top) of woldwide happiness rankings. Large social safety-net programs probably play a key role in this, but since that's not easily or quickly replicated, the author advises that happiness can be found via candles, warm drinks, fireplaces and wool socks. Now, I like all of those things as much as the next person (probably more) but I'll just say that I'm glad I checked this one out from the library instead of buying this book in order to learn these pearls of wisdom.… (more)
jj24 | 51 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
“We are spending money we don’t have to buy stuff we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.”

Lykke (Luu-kah) is the Danish word for happiness, and this little self-help manual is created by Denmark’s Meik Wiking who is a happiness researcher. It is a fairly light read with no particularly earth-shattering concepts but sometimes it is nice to be reminded to exercise more, spend more time in nature and connect with community. Wiking goes through his six elements of happiness: health, money, togetherness, trust, freedom, and kindness. Despite the references to happiness statistics and examples from places around the world it is a very Euro-centric read. There are many examples of Denmark doing well with social innovations such as 12 months paid parental leave for everyone. While some of these government initiatives are in no way achievable in many countries, I did find it interesting to learn about what is done differently there. It does make me wonder why our government has seemingly so little interest in the wellbeing of its people.

This book was a much drier read than the hygge one, with a large proportion of the book being full of statistics and the result of experiments, but I applaud him for carrying out this research, it feels a bit like going out on a limb but an important one. On a personal note, the example used about happiness in my country was about people I know: talk about a small world!

My favourite line was, “The summer solstice may be a pagan ritual, but to this day it remains my favorite tradition. The Nordic sun sets into a night without darkness and the bonfires are lit throughout the country to celebrate midsummer. Remember: Danes are the direct descendants of Vikings, so we enjoy watching things burn: bonfires, candles, villages. It’s all good.”
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mimbza | 9 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |
Flipping through the book itself is kinda cozy, it's a pleasant physical artifact. Don't think it's terribly helpful about anything beyond that. Has a few Danish recipes, I guess. Fills up the rest of its pages with advice like buy candles and warm socks, drink hot beverages, and hang out with friends.
lelandleslie | 51 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |



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