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The most beautiful guide to the Danish custom of hygge, the everyday life philosophy for better living. Hygge is a feeling of belonging and warmth, a moment of comfort and contentment. This beautiful little book will help you to find hygge and embrace it every day. Make a pot of coffee, relax in your favourite chair and discover for yourself how life is better with hygge. 'B The most beautiful guide to the Danish custom of hygge, the everyday life philosophy for better living. Hygge is a feeling of belonging and warmth, a moment of comfort and contentment. This beautiful little book will help you to find hygge and embrace it every day. Make a pot of coffee, relax in your favourite chair and discover for yourself how life is better with hygge. 'Best [book] for the philosophy of hygge' You Magazine '...a philosophy for mindful living' The Guardian ‘Her book is a thing of beauty’ Irish Examiner


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The most beautiful guide to the Danish custom of hygge, the everyday life philosophy for better living. Hygge is a feeling of belonging and warmth, a moment of comfort and contentment. This beautiful little book will help you to find hygge and embrace it every day. Make a pot of coffee, relax in your favourite chair and discover for yourself how life is better with hygge. 'B The most beautiful guide to the Danish custom of hygge, the everyday life philosophy for better living. Hygge is a feeling of belonging and warmth, a moment of comfort and contentment. This beautiful little book will help you to find hygge and embrace it every day. Make a pot of coffee, relax in your favourite chair and discover for yourself how life is better with hygge. 'Best [book] for the philosophy of hygge' You Magazine '...a philosophy for mindful living' The Guardian ‘Her book is a thing of beauty’ Irish Examiner

30 review for The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

  1. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This is a beautiful little book, with some gorgeous images and some lovely sentiments. Hygge is something that seems both delightful and yet also deeply claustraphobic. Part of me gets the feeling that the emphasis on Hygge is a reaction to a Danish past where showy, violent one upmanship was the norm. Having read a few books about life in Denmark I am not sure that I could survive in a society that seems to value group cohesion and conformity above all things. In some ways I get the feeling tha This is a beautiful little book, with some gorgeous images and some lovely sentiments. Hygge is something that seems both delightful and yet also deeply claustraphobic. Part of me gets the feeling that the emphasis on Hygge is a reaction to a Danish past where showy, violent one upmanship was the norm. Having read a few books about life in Denmark I am not sure that I could survive in a society that seems to value group cohesion and conformity above all things. In some ways I get the feeling that it is this Nordic conformity that allows all of the real nastiness to escape in the form of their excellent but incredibly dark crime fiction. So thanks for conforming to the poin where such great writing and drama leaks out. :) Basically part of me loves the concept of relaxing into a soporific world governed by Hygge and Jante's law, while another part thinks I could well end up shaving my head and going all Lisbeth Salander on someone's arse! Either way this is essentially a great nordic take on Mindfulness and one that I find quite a lot easier to read about without gagging!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    This is a beautifully produced book, lovely to hold in the hand, with an attractive cover, lovely illustrations, and printed on high quality cream paper. It clearly explains the concept of 'hygge' and all it encompasses; a blend of mindfulness, cosiness and sincerity; a focus on people and relationships rather than things and business. It also makes Denmark sound like a wonderful place to live, a sort of egalitarian utopia, and it is true that it regularly appears towards the top of any quality This is a beautifully produced book, lovely to hold in the hand, with an attractive cover, lovely illustrations, and printed on high quality cream paper. It clearly explains the concept of 'hygge' and all it encompasses; a blend of mindfulness, cosiness and sincerity; a focus on people and relationships rather than things and business. It also makes Denmark sound like a wonderful place to live, a sort of egalitarian utopia, and it is true that it regularly appears towards the top of any quality of life index. However the book very quickly became repetitive for me with each successive chapter repeating much the same as the one before with only the slightest change in focus. I guess once you have expanded on the meaning of hygge, there is really not that much more you can say about it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    What white nonsense is this? I’m familiar with the Norwegian koselig, and since even this book references it when explaining hygge I assumed it would be similar. In reality I think it is, but this book only spends a bit of time on the etymology and history of the word/concept. The rest of the book reads like a new agey idealized and myopic view of Danish culture. It presents families as a safe place, all problems can be solved if we just sit down and have a cup of tea. The books seems to try to What white nonsense is this? I’m familiar with the Norwegian koselig, and since even this book references it when explaining hygge I assumed it would be similar. In reality I think it is, but this book only spends a bit of time on the etymology and history of the word/concept. The rest of the book reads like a new agey idealized and myopic view of Danish culture. It presents families as a safe place, all problems can be solved if we just sit down and have a cup of tea. The books seems to try to package and sell this snake oil to Americans who eat up this white fantasy land where we can all just get along, if we all are that same. 🙄 I’m not looking for an Scandinavian Eat, Prey, Love.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angela Groves

    The main thing I took away from this beautiful little book, was to appreciate the small things in life. This may seem really obvious, but in reality it is something that can be quite difficult to remember to do with a busy lifestyle. It is certainly something at this moment in time I need reminding of. The book encourages you to really examine the relationships you have with the people and surroundings in your life, to appreciate and cultivate them into something that makes you happy. To create The main thing I took away from this beautiful little book, was to appreciate the small things in life. This may seem really obvious, but in reality it is something that can be quite difficult to remember to do with a busy lifestyle. It is certainly something at this moment in time I need reminding of. The book encourages you to really examine the relationships you have with the people and surroundings in your life, to appreciate and cultivate them into something that makes you happy. To create relaxing environments, taking time to enjoy what you have. Blankets are mentioned a lot, I'm guessing because it's generally colder in Denmark... This is a really beautiful little book, lovely photographs and a wonderful layout. A perfect gift book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aspen Mitchell Mead

    This book was quite boring. The most interesting parts were the quotes from other writers! If anything, it made me want to read their works, so I shall list them here in case anyone wants to skip a step and just go straight to the sources. The writers she quoted are: William Morris, Sensual Home by Ilse Crawford, Annie Dillard, Gaston Bachelard, Erich Fromm, Tove Jansson, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life by Thomas Moore, and Ordinarily Sacred by Lyn This book was quite boring. The most interesting parts were the quotes from other writers! If anything, it made me want to read their works, so I shall list them here in case anyone wants to skip a step and just go straight to the sources. The writers she quoted are: William Morris, Sensual Home by Ilse Crawford, Annie Dillard, Gaston Bachelard, Erich Fromm, Tove Jansson, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life by Thomas Moore, and Ordinarily Sacred by Lynda Sexson.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Temi Panayotova

    A nice calm read, rwally pleasant. But nothing new.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annie ⚜️

    A deeper, more spiritual delve into the hygge theory than I've read elsewhere. Enjoyable. Thoroughly. And good for the soul. Beautiful pics as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    With Spring just around the corner, I'm kind of over the whole "let's get cozy in front of the fire with hot cocoa and fuzzy slipper-socks" thing. Cabin fever has set in with a vengence. Probably not the most optimal time to read a book about Hygge. Still, it was all right. Much more accessible than other Hygge books I've read. For example, this Hygge book didn't try to sell me candles...or encourage unhealthy eating habits, like binge-eating cakes and pies and such. This book also didn't suggest With Spring just around the corner, I'm kind of over the whole "let's get cozy in front of the fire with hot cocoa and fuzzy slipper-socks" thing. Cabin fever has set in with a vengence. Probably not the most optimal time to read a book about Hygge. Still, it was all right. Much more accessible than other Hygge books I've read. For example, this Hygge book didn't try to sell me candles...or encourage unhealthy eating habits, like binge-eating cakes and pies and such. This book also didn't suggest that Hygge was something exclusive to Danes and no one else could really achieve it (I know...how pretentious, right?). Rather, this Hygge book talked about the actual elements of Hygge. Like comfort, coziness, togetherness, and happiness through simple pleasures (HA! I KNEW it wasn't about buying 1,001 candles!!). Kind of common knowledge. I didn't learn anything new I didn't already know from observing my cats, who are both Grand Masters of Hygge. AH-HA! Now THERE'S a book I should write: "All I Need to Know About Hygge I Learned From My Cats." p.s. What's up with the random photos, though? They're like something a shrink would show you ("Describe how this photo makes you feel about your mother") when they're trying to get inside your head.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I won Louisa Thomsen Brits' The Book of Hygge from a Books Are My Bag competition on Twitter, and couldn't have been happier with my prize. As an object, the book is beautiful; it is a sturdy yet compact hardback, which has been filled with the most lovely and calming photographic accompaniments, some of them double paged spreads. Thomsen Brits' book is essentially a manual on hygge, and she demonstrates how to notice the little moments and take pleasure in everything. Hygge is a big thing in my I won Louisa Thomsen Brits' The Book of Hygge from a Books Are My Bag competition on Twitter, and couldn't have been happier with my prize. As an object, the book is beautiful; it is a sturdy yet compact hardback, which has been filled with the most lovely and calming photographic accompaniments, some of them double paged spreads. Thomsen Brits' book is essentially a manual on hygge, and she demonstrates how to notice the little moments and take pleasure in everything. Hygge is a big thing in my life, although I must admit that I didn't know that there was a precise word for it until a couple of years ago! The Book of Hygge is a comforting and nicely written read, which really makes you take note of what is around you, and the little moments which you should never take for granted. It is a particularly perfect tome to curl up with in front of a roaring fire on a winter's day - there's a wonderful hygge moment for you right there.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    It's beautiful, no doubt. It's vaguely inspiring. It also meanders around the topic with no clear direction and a host of ephemeral pleasantries. However, points for including excellent quotations from other writers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    While the book is not hard to read in just one afternoon, I think the author is repeating herself a lot in this little book. That made me often think, that I was reading the same page or chapter. What I liked in this book were the beautiful pictures.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Marsden

    A bit on the heavy side - more of a philosophical/historical guide to hygge. It's worth noting that the author is making a donation to a homeless charity for a every copy that is bought.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Yes. A beautiful little book that says the same thing over and over and over again. 2 stars instead of one because it has good photos and design.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather Culley

    these hygge books seem privileged and surprisingly bitchy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I like the idea of this book, it's more of a slow down and smell the roses theory. Live in the moment, take joy in the small things and use your "special" dishes every day.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Drew

    This was a warm little book, interspersed with relevant quotes in large type (I like that!). The entire book is about the essence of hygge; I was hoping for a little more instruction but what the author did was kindly impart, in friendly details, all you'd ever want to know about hygge. She's Danish so I trust her POV. While the book isn't quite what I expected, she does a nice job. For me, the photos inside and the quotes are the best parts. Truly beautiful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mel Hulshof

    Very clear descriptions of hygge and all that it entails.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

    Rating: 3.5 This book mostly focuses the philosophy behind this lifestyle. This book has a 'rich people' vibe tbh.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I'm partway through, and I'm glad I stuck with it! It's very repetitive, but there are gems hidden inside. I'll finish it, but honestly, a shorter book with more pictures like it has would have been better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This book felt warm and cozy as I read it. This book could have been half as long and been sufficient.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Penelope

    A beautifully produced lovely little book which in itself is a little bit of Hygge. With a focus on finding the special in the everyday rituals of life, and on the importance of pausing and making the time to appreciate what we have this is a book which makes you realise that Hygge is more than a Scandinavian way of living but is something that we should all welcome into our lives. Peppered throughout with beautiful photography and thoughtful quotes this is a joy to read and a book that I will r A beautifully produced lovely little book which in itself is a little bit of Hygge. With a focus on finding the special in the everyday rituals of life, and on the importance of pausing and making the time to appreciate what we have this is a book which makes you realise that Hygge is more than a Scandinavian way of living but is something that we should all welcome into our lives. Peppered throughout with beautiful photography and thoughtful quotes this is a joy to read and a book that I will return to when I need to be reminded that happiness and contentment is often found in the ordinary and not the extraordinary. Recommended to read whilst covered in a cosy blanket, drinking the hot beverage of your choice from a favourite mug!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    Repeat after me for the 100th time: Danish are some of the happiest people on Earth. The book just repeats itself in various categories, but they all say the same thing. Get cozy, be present, be intimate, be warm, eat well, etc. I lost my page once and it took about 15 minutes to find it again because every page sounded like where I had left off. The pictures are nice but nobody's house looks like that, or is having a bathtub out in the forest practical. I understand it's the concept, but it get Repeat after me for the 100th time: Danish are some of the happiest people on Earth. The book just repeats itself in various categories, but they all say the same thing. Get cozy, be present, be intimate, be warm, eat well, etc. I lost my page once and it took about 15 minutes to find it again because every page sounded like where I had left off. The pictures are nice but nobody's house looks like that, or is having a bathtub out in the forest practical. I understand it's the concept, but it gets old after beating a dead horse for 200 pages. So maybe read the first few chapters and call it a day.

  23. 4 out of 5

    April

    Beautifully laid out and written. It is poetic and mindful -- full of quotes and encouragements to recognize beauty in the simple, mundane aspects of everyday life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    I enjoyed this book. Reading it was a pleasant experience and learning about Danish culture was interesting. However this book became extremely repetitive and long winded.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A beautifully designed book that helps one feel hygge whilst reading it. A much more philosophical look at this concept than many of the other books currently available.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Unintentionally, “The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection,” is the third in a series of books I’ve read over the past month (“The Art of Peace” and “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” being the other two) loosely connected around the idea of “getting more from less.” If our modern age is defined by anything, it’s surely immediate access to an overabundance of everything — from cheap wear-for-the-season-and-toss fashions and inexpensive home goods to nearly ine Unintentionally, “The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection,” is the third in a series of books I’ve read over the past month (“The Art of Peace” and “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” being the other two) loosely connected around the idea of “getting more from less.” If our modern age is defined by anything, it’s surely immediate access to an overabundance of everything — from cheap wear-for-the-season-and-toss fashions and inexpensive home goods to nearly inescapable media feeds and the unlimited streaming of just about anything we can think of. Bruce Springsteen’s 1992 single “57 Channels (and Nothin’ On)” seems positively quaint 25 years on. Whether it’s physical, emotional, or spiritual decluttering, there is definitely a movement to push back against the onslaught of pervasive everythingness. If you haven’t heard of hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”), chances are you’ve been living under a rock: an Amazon.com search of the term “hygge” turns up over 1,000 books, and, like me, your Goodreads feed has undoubtedly turned up one or another on the subject, whether read by a friend or simply as a “Popular On Goodreads” promo. Despite (or in spite of) the zeitgeist, neither this nor anything else hygge was on my radar, but it was recommended to me by our new business partner as it falls squarely in line with the brand positioning we have been strategizing and defining over the past couple of months. As John “Hannibal” Smith often says on The A-Team, “I love it when a plan comes together,” and it’s an inspiring feeling when you’ve unexpectedly tapped into something that, though trendy now, transcends trends, dates back to cultural ideas from the nineteenth century, and actually mines universal truths we all seem to be trying to reconnect with. “Hygge” is a Danish word meaning “to give courage, comfort, or joy,” and in our current context refers to “a form of everyday togetherness.” What it’s all about is, honestly, best summed up by the book’s back cover: “Hygge is a universal feeling of being warm, safe, comforted, and sheltered — an experience of belonging to the moment and to each other. 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.” Hygge is not rocket science. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. Its principles are uncomplicated. It can happen anytime in any place, alone or in groups, while relaxing or doing chores. When you are present in the here and now — in this moment, in this place — whether curled up by the fire with a blanket, having a meal with friends, acknowledging the sacred in the secular, or focusing on people rather than things, that is hygge. An invitation to welcome abundance and contentment into your life, Louisa Thomsen Brits’ pocket-sized “The Book of Hygge” is that rare book that actually embodies what it espouses, and you will savor the time, however brief, you spend with it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    2.5 stars rounded up because I like the concept of hygge (hoo-gah). I just didn't like how this book attempted to package and portray it. Most of it felt redundant, repeating the same thing, even in multiple chapters under the guise of a different topic or perspective. Sometimes it was a like a list of ways to invoke hygge. I couldn't tell if the author was trying to be sentimental and wax poetic or give helpful ideas on how to reach hygge. I'm not giving up on hygge but I wouldn't recommend thi 2.5 stars rounded up because I like the concept of hygge (hoo-gah). I just didn't like how this book attempted to package and portray it. Most of it felt redundant, repeating the same thing, even in multiple chapters under the guise of a different topic or perspective. Sometimes it was a like a list of ways to invoke hygge. I couldn't tell if the author was trying to be sentimental and wax poetic or give helpful ideas on how to reach hygge. I'm not giving up on hygge but I wouldn't recommend this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I'm interested in the concept of hygge, but I found many of the ideas here a bit too abstract. What is heartening is that this book stresses that hygge is not something you can buy, but something relatively easy to create. I simply found some of the ways Danes incorporate it into their lives a difficult concept for someone not used to having it come naturally to them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This book does a decent job of covering the concept of hygge but it doesn't really get into practical application aside from the two or three stereotypical examples - candles, warm drinks, blankets. There are better hygge books out there with more engaging authors full of ideas for applying hygge into your life.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Majeda

    A wide source to go through the details of the Hygge. very elaborative that you may think about skipping a few pages that are revolving around the same descriptive ideas of Hygge's multiple aspects and practicalities of belonging, shelter, comfort, well-being, simplicity, and observance. so many interesting quotes were added for enhancements and they were well situated in the book's chapters.

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