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Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness PDF, ePub eBook Others books will tell you how to be hygge. This is the only book that will show you. Though we all know the feeling of hygge instinctively few of us ever manage to capture it for more than a moment. Now Danish actress and hygge aficionado Marie Tourell Søderberg has travelled the length and breadth of her home country to create the perfect guide to cooking, decorating, ente Others books will tell you how to be hygge. This is the only book that will show you. Though we all know the feeling of hygge instinctively few of us ever manage to capture it for more than a moment. Now Danish actress and hygge aficionado Marie Tourell Søderberg has travelled the length and breadth of her home country to create the perfect guide to cooking, decorating, entertaining and being inspired the hygge way. Full of beautiful photographs and simple, practical steps and ideas to make your home and life both comfortable and cheering all year round, this book is the easy way to introduce hygge into your life.

30 review for Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Beautiful to hold and glance at, but disappointingly thin in content. The cover will look wonderful on your shelves, but if you're looking for a more nuanced look into the culture of hygge, this isn't it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Jane Brown

    Review in 2019 I don't know why I previously rated this so high, upon a second good read, I don't believe it's that good. It's more of a collection of people's ideas of Hygge, as opposed to a written book by the author. It should have 'a collection' rather than 'by Marie T S'. It felt more dressed up in aesthetic than being a great book, the illustrations/photographs and physical style of the book sort of distract from the content. I wish there was more of substance. It's a good little introduction Review in 2019 I don't know why I previously rated this so high, upon a second good read, I don't believe it's that good. It's more of a collection of people's ideas of Hygge, as opposed to a written book by the author. It should have 'a collection' rather than 'by Marie T S'. It felt more dressed up in aesthetic than being a great book, the illustrations/photographs and physical style of the book sort of distract from the content. I wish there was more of substance. It's a good little introduction I suppose, but I don't think it's as good as other Hygge books I've seen out there. Review in 2016 I was sent a copy of this by Penguin Books, but my opinions are my own. - Prior to receiving this book, I didn't know anything about the word 'Hygge'. After finishing - I feel I've had a huge education in culture and happiness! I have an urge to drop my life and suddenly move to Denmark - someone hold me back :). Once I started the book, I was surprised how much of the content was in quotation marks. The quotations were interesting and on topic - but it made the book feel less of an individual's perception of Hygge and more a collection of works on the subject. I guess this contributed to how this is not just one person's experience of happiness - but how Hygge is embedded within the culture of Denmark. As the book progressed, it felt more like an extended wikipedia entry, with recipes, case studies, photos, interviews, instructions for home decorations and opinions. Not what I expected, but an interesting take! :D. There were some beautiful (and helpful) photographs throughout the book! I wish they were a little bigger though, but perhaps that's just the artist in me :D. I know we shouldn't judge a book by it's exterior (cover) but that actually made a huge difference to me! The cover was welcoming, warming and the physical book itself was lovely to hold! I read this fairly quickly, I'm going to wait a little while and re-read. There was lots of information to take in and it was a huge breath of fresh air :D. As strange as this may read: it felt like a hug in a book and I loved it. As a newcomer to Hygge, I'd recommend this to other newcomers - it may be less powerful in the lives of those already submerged in Hygge! I would definitely recommend this book! <3.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I read this all in one sitting (or should I say lying in bed), and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. The phenomenon of hygge is something that does appeal a lot to my sentimentalities, and I was dying to read more about it. What surprised me about this book was how many facets there are to hygge, and how different people interpret it. To me, I interpreted it as a very much solo activity, as I am a deeply introverted person by nature, whereas the people who contributed to this book mention spending t I read this all in one sitting (or should I say lying in bed), and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. The phenomenon of hygge is something that does appeal a lot to my sentimentalities, and I was dying to read more about it. What surprised me about this book was how many facets there are to hygge, and how different people interpret it. To me, I interpreted it as a very much solo activity, as I am a deeply introverted person by nature, whereas the people who contributed to this book mention spending time with friends and family a great deal. And I can completely see how I have been unintentionally implementing hygge in my own life, with our numerous nights in with friends, cooking and drinking wine and chatting with music playing in the background. I liked that there were contributions from a lot of regular Danish people, from all parts of the country and all walks of life, as it was a nice personal insight into their lives and how they comfort themselves. There were also DIYs and recipes included, as well as tips on making a hygge home, which definitely appeals to me. The book itself is also gorgeous, with beautiful photographs throughout. The only thing that I would have liked a bit more of would have been practical ideas for implementing hygge into everyday life, beyond the obvious approaches of getting cosy at home. I would say though that this is a good starter book, it covers a lot of areas, and has that nice personal touch to it. I look forward to reading more on this topic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Nixon

    I think most Americans wanting to learn about “hygge” will find this book disappointing. It’s not exactly the how-to manual with tips, examples, and actionable things we (Americans) tend to like. If I had not learned so much about hygge in Denmark, I would have left the book more confused. Overall it feels like a string of Instagram posts or a scrapbook... very scattered, often “off topic” and not very “here’s how and why you can hygge” Analogy: If it was a “guide to entertaining” book it would s I think most Americans wanting to learn about “hygge” will find this book disappointing. It’s not exactly the how-to manual with tips, examples, and actionable things we (Americans) tend to like. If I had not learned so much about hygge in Denmark, I would have left the book more confused. Overall it feels like a string of Instagram posts or a scrapbook... very scattered, often “off topic” and not very “here’s how and why you can hygge” Analogy: If it was a “guide to entertaining” book it would say “serve delicious food, be a good host, here’s some pictures of my friends” The only meaningful thing I grabbed from this was the Danes “relax” with cookies, candy, wine, and food just like Americans do but the difference is the attitude. They DESERVE it. It’s GOOD for them, where we do it with Shame and arguing with ourselves about it. I find this is how French women feel about chocolate crossiants (hygge)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Trish at Between My Lines

    This review was originally posted on Between My Lines I was very excited about Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg, as the idea of adding hygge elements to my life sounded very appealing.  And I'm obsessed with books about happiness (like all the Gretchen Rubin books which I highly recommend).  Personally , I find them inspiring and they give me an instant boost. My Thoughts on  Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg So first up, I learnt exactly This review was originally posted on Between My Lines I was very excited about Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg, as the idea of adding hygge elements to my life sounded very appealing.  And I'm obsessed with books about happiness (like all the Gretchen Rubin books which I highly recommend).  Personally , I find them inspiring and they give me an instant boost. My Thoughts on  Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg So first up, I learnt exactly what hygge is, and I love the concept of it. In a nutshell, my understanding is that it's all things cosy and comfy, taking time out with friends and enjoying special moments together. What's not to like?! The format includes personal experiences of the author, snippets from other people, and lots of warm-and-snug feeling photos.  It also explains where the word evolved from and gives tips on how to apply to your home, in your cooking, etc. But I don't feel that I ended up applying anything I read in the book to my everyday life. It reminds you to notice special moments, especially the smaller moments of pleasure like drinking a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, or a fun chat with friends. Basically stop and smell the roses, while wearing your comfy clothes, and appreciate how good it makes you feel. The big BUT for me is that most of it is stuff I already do.  Still now I have a name for it. Overall, an entertaining read, but don't expect it to transform your life.   Who should read Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg? I'd recommend this to you if you want to find out what Hygge is all about.  Or if you want a coffee table book that is easy to pick up and put down, as I think that is the best format to read this book in. Thanks to Penguin UK for sending me a copy of this book for review consideration.  

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christine Spoors

    I always love reading about hygge so I read this book in one night. I've been working so much recently that I needed something positive and cosy. It also snowed for the first time this autumn today so I was feeling very cosy anyway. I didn't love this book as much as some other's I've read about hygge because this book was mainly filled with quotes from other Danish people about hygge. So it didn't feel like this author really wrote the book because we hardly heard from her. I would have liked to I always love reading about hygge so I read this book in one night. I've been working so much recently that I needed something positive and cosy. It also snowed for the first time this autumn today so I was feeling very cosy anyway. I didn't love this book as much as some other's I've read about hygge because this book was mainly filled with quotes from other Danish people about hygge. So it didn't feel like this author really wrote the book because we hardly heard from her. I would have liked to have read more about what hygge means to her. This is an odd thing to complain about, but the font was really tiny in this book and only took up a tiny portion in the middle of the page. I definitely feel like they could have increased the font size by at least two and still been able to fit it all on in the same book size. I'd recommend if you love Hygge and Denmark, but I didn't really learn anything new in this book so if you're new to Hygge I would probably recommend The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well instead. A gorgeous cover, but sadly I think the content needed a little more work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zoe (readabilitea)

    I was worried when I bought a lot of books on hygge that I had basically wasted my money because they would all be the same. Thankfully, I was wrong! Whereas The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well is much more scientific in its approach to hygge, this book by Marie Tourell Søderberg is filled with more personal approaches to hygge. I loved the different accounts given by people about what is hygge to them, and I also loved how the DIYs were included in the interior design section. I was worried when I bought a lot of books on hygge that I had basically wasted my money because they would all be the same. Thankfully, I was wrong! Whereas The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well is much more scientific in its approach to hygge, this book by Marie Tourell Søderberg is filled with more personal approaches to hygge. I loved the different accounts given by people about what is hygge to them, and I also loved how the DIYs were included in the interior design section. It has definitely inspired me and given me ideas about my own future hyggelige life, but has also made me reflect on what things are or have already been pretty hygge in my life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ietrio

    A pure soul, a good feng shui, a good karma, now hygge. A myriad of terms to denote something that is different for each individual, something that is invisible and impossible to quantify, something you can blame on the victim and offer anything from chamomile tea to a good beating to cast away the demons. These are the invisible clothing of the emperor.

  9. 5 out of 5

    GM

    About togetherness community sense of home It was alright. Pretty cover tho.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Such an interesting, enjoyable book! Dare I say it was a hygge-book? (There are about a million hygge compound words in Denmark, indexed in a useful glossary at the end of this book, and the author encourages you to make up your own hygge words!) Here are some notes I took while reading, because I definitely want to remember the lessons of this book: - What is hygge? Hygge is not ecstatic, momentary happiness, but a kind of everyday happiness that contributes to a general contentedness in the long Such an interesting, enjoyable book! Dare I say it was a hygge-book? (There are about a million hygge compound words in Denmark, indexed in a useful glossary at the end of this book, and the author encourages you to make up your own hygge words!) Here are some notes I took while reading, because I definitely want to remember the lessons of this book: - What is hygge? Hygge is not ecstatic, momentary happiness, but a kind of everyday happiness that contributes to a general contentedness in the long run - when guests step inside, try and sense where they are mentally and what they need. If they've come in from the cold, offer them a blanket. Ask if they would like to choose a cup, if we're going to have something warm to drink. Then they may end up having a favourite cup at your place, and that helps them feel at home. - it prizes home culture over cafe culture (but hygge is definitely pub culture too!) - hygge is the glue that holds Danish families together - Hygge is not exclusively Scandinavian but it definitely fits in with the larger Scandinavian ethos and values system and culture of community, the social welfare state, and inclusiveness (also because Scandinavians believe when the basic needs are met, and you have the security that comes with knowing there's a social safety net, there is more room for one to explore the social, creative and personal elements of one's life - and it is easier for hygge to thrive), - At schools in Denmark: "Don't forget to have some potter-time." Means walking around with little effort or purpose, winding down, seeing that hygge can simply hide within a pair of slippers - You can't force hygge! But you can coax it, and set up patterns and thoughts that make hygge a natural part of your day - Hygge isn't necessarily communal, it can be solitary too (curled up on a couch reading for example) - The book includes recipes for hygge, like like rodgrod med flode (summer compote from summer berries), potato sandwiches (on open-faced rye bread), thick pancakes, morning rolls, oatmeal with caramel sauce, apple and roasted almonds (from Grod's famous creator, Lasse Skjonning Andersen), snobrod (twisted rolls made over the embers of a fire, like bannock, but sweetened with sugar and cardamom), and elderflower cordial - the Danes are the second highest sweet-eating nation in Europe, and that's mostly because hygge is associated with drinking and eating (but not necessarily eating broccoli florets!) - Hygge lives in the contrast between the cold outdoors and the cosy, warm indoors of your home - Making your home hygge - Hygge grows out of a sincerity in the things you surround yourself with. When you put thoughtfulness into how and why you have chosen to surround yourself with particular furniture, objects, art, flowers, knick-knacks, then you relax. - Interior design and hygge -> materials play a big role here. Wood, paper, linens, wools, metals, ceramics and stoneware are a part of Scandinavian style DNA. - Have a hyggekrog --> a hygge nook in your house that is cosy. For me, that would be the corner of my couch with tons of pillows (all in different materials like faux fur, knit, etc) and soft blankets, perfect to curl up in with a book or something good on Netflix - In the bedroom --> make space for your special routines - a place for your book, your glass of water, your jewellery. - Denmark uses the most candles of all EU countries (because hygge is closely associated with candlelight!) - a Danish DJ and legendary radio host gives a hygge playlist of 10 songs that automatically and in a subtle way put you in a hyggelig mood - Don't be afraid of the cliche of souvenirs - if a mini version of the Eiffel Tower reminds you of an unforgettable trip to Paris, bring it back with you and enjoy the memories seeing it provokes. - A whole section at the back of the book looks at all the hygge compound words (and there are a TON, you really get the sense of just how massive a cultural mindset hygge is in Denmark based on all the words they've created with hygge in it). I love this word, hyggesyg, hugge-sickness. When you have to stay home from work sick, but not so sick you have to lie down in pain. So, walking around at home, with slippers and warm socks on, watching films and eating nice things, but not well enough to go to work. - Julehygge --> Christmas hygge. - it is interesting to see that while people in the West have suddenly become quite preoccupied with achieving hygge as anything Scandinavian is ridiculously trendy, people in Denmark might see the concept differently. Apparently the political left wing criticizes hygge for being alientating, introvert and fearful of cultures outside of Scandinavian. The political right wing criticizes hygge for being a barrier to ambition, intensity, and growth, and that too much hygge is bad for productivity and effectiveness. - The book does wonder if hygge "works" best in homogenous populations like Denmark, and how it can sometimes be seen as introverted and exclusionary.It can also be challenged by society's focus on efficiency and multi-tasking, as well as the rise of social media in our lives. - This made me laugh --> "There are trends in today's society that threaten hygge. Thousands of Danes are suddenly running marathons, a niche sport that was reserved for a few eager fools in the old days and was never intended to become a popular sport. If the health wave continues to roar, hygge will face an uphill struggle." - More on social media --> "Social media takes time away from time that could be spent together as a family, are disruptive to the presence of our children and can be sources of conflict." - But this book makes the case for podcasts, saying that listening to something instead of taking in knowledge and entertainment visually demands more presence, and thus better conditions for hygge. - Conclusion: Why is hygge important? Hygge moments are the small everyday moments that make you happy. Having a word for it makes you aware that they are right in front of your eyes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    m

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I understand the concept of hygge is very popular nowadays. The of books associated with it ballooned right before Christmas. I have not read all of them but this is a very lazy attempt to cash in on the craze. I can literately get more understanding of hygge browsing through Instagram. The book is filled with quotes from other people, I have no idea what the author's point of view is. There are a couple recipes and DIY ideas dotted in there but, again, taken from someone else's idea. The only r I understand the concept of hygge is very popular nowadays. The of books associated with it ballooned right before Christmas. I have not read all of them but this is a very lazy attempt to cash in on the craze. I can literately get more understanding of hygge browsing through Instagram. The book is filled with quotes from other people, I have no idea what the author's point of view is. There are a couple recipes and DIY ideas dotted in there but, again, taken from someone else's idea. The only reason it doesn't have one star is because I have finished reading it (though it was a very short book with little information so only took 1 hour), and I only reserve one star for books I can't finish or truly hate.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marlathemom

    What a sweet, beautiful read! Hygge (with varying pronunciations but most closely the “hu” from “huge and the “gi” from “girl”) is the Danish term for what we call coziness - curling up to snuggle and share. In weather like this (that mirrors Denmark’s), this slim book was a godsend on reflecting on the importance of recharging and reconnecting - it’s a perfect housewarming gift for a friend or yourself. Critics may note the history of Denmark is not overly detailed, but I just loved this little What a sweet, beautiful read! Hygge (with varying pronunciations but most closely the “hu” from “huge and the “gi” from “girl”) is the Danish term for what we call coziness - curling up to snuggle and share. In weather like this (that mirrors Denmark’s), this slim book was a godsend on reflecting on the importance of recharging and reconnecting - it’s a perfect housewarming gift for a friend or yourself. Critics may note the history of Denmark is not overly detailed, but I just loved this little jewel. Grab your tea and some sweets (which are truly part of this process, yay) and hygge away.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Brett

    This is like a person’s scrapbook or mood board of what hygge means to them, and it’s very soothing to read and look at. Subjective, obviously, and kind of random, and a lot of huge long quotes rather than original writing. Definitely you achieve hygge by reading about it; this is much more about the mood than the research (totally different vibe than a lot of the other hygge books I’ve read).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    I loved this book! Definitely inspired me to start to include more hygge in my life!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Frausell

    3.5* Not as good as other hygge books I have read but it is making me fear the winter blues less.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    A bit dark and dreary as I write this, a perfect backdrop and background to appreciate the nature of Hygge, its spirit and related lifestyle choices. Time to light some candles, brew some tea, and curl up with my next read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Perfect read after bouts of stress, bustle, or a frenzied pace and workload. A good reminder that efficiency and productivity are not the only measures of a good and full day.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natalia

    This is not quite a regular 4-star rating but more like an average of the 5 I'd give for the book's design and the 2-3 I'd give for its content. The book is wonderful to look at, read and touch. Whoever came up with the design and the concept clearly poured their heart and soul into making the reading experience as pleasant as possible. The flip side is that the book is way expensive (I'm talking at least twice the price I'd pay for any other hardcover here in Ukraine), so this is a moment to tha This is not quite a regular 4-star rating but more like an average of the 5 I'd give for the book's design and the 2-3 I'd give for its content. The book is wonderful to look at, read and touch. Whoever came up with the design and the concept clearly poured their heart and soul into making the reading experience as pleasant as possible. The flip side is that the book is way expensive (I'm talking at least twice the price I'd pay for any other hardcover here in Ukraine), so this is a moment to thank my favorite bookstore/cafe for a chance to read it. The reading itself won't take much time. Hygge is hardly a comprehensive guide, which is marketed as its advantage, but I wouldn't say it worked that way for me. The book consists of pretty random things that can give you the feeling of hygge, interviews with people about what hygge means to them, etc., so it reads kind of like a well-designed magazine without making too much impact on you. Something I'd definitely recommend as a gift (because it's beautiful, seriously), but would hardly buy for myself. (I'm open to other people giving me this as a gift tho ^^)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    While I came to enjoy this book more by the end, I found the majority of it a little boring. Perhaps it was just not quite what I expected, given the title suggests it's about the "art of happiness", when in reality it seems to be more about the "art of making your house Danish and cosy by lighting candles making clay bowls". The last few pages touch on the concept of looking for happiness in the little things, for example by making time for genuine moments with family and friends (over too much While I came to enjoy this book more by the end, I found the majority of it a little boring. Perhaps it was just not quite what I expected, given the title suggests it's about the "art of happiness", when in reality it seems to be more about the "art of making your house Danish and cosy by lighting candles making clay bowls". The last few pages touch on the concept of looking for happiness in the little things, for example by making time for genuine moments with family and friends (over too much screen time), however the majority of the book is made of tiny average-looking photos and people talking about how the Danes love to rug up and light candles.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ella Elektra

    I just finished the book and I'm so in love with it. It only took me about two hours, I think, I just couldn't stop. I' ve read "The little Book of Hygge" just before, so I already had a pretty good idea what hygge is, but I still could learn some new things. Instead of trying to explain the concept/term, it gives you the feeling of what hygge is. I felt like this book was some kind of 'scrapbook'. It collected little pieces, stories, recepies, quotes, etc. and by that, sharing the expierence of I just finished the book and I'm so in love with it. It only took me about two hours, I think, I just couldn't stop. I' ve read "The little Book of Hygge" just before, so I already had a pretty good idea what hygge is, but I still could learn some new things. Instead of trying to explain the concept/term, it gives you the feeling of what hygge is. I felt like this book was some kind of 'scrapbook'. It collected little pieces, stories, recepies, quotes, etc. and by that, sharing the expierence of hygge. I just loved that!

  21. 4 out of 5

    amelia

    this book just made me want to curl up with a book, make a cup of green tea, light my favourite candles with the rain in the background - perfect hygge moment

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    An enjoyable introduction to the Danish concept of achieving happiness through ordinary yet meaningful moments in one’s physical environment, pursuits, and relationships. The book provides pronunciation tips, some helpful vocabulary (Hygge has numerous grammatical and contextual iterations), context as to why and how Hygge is practiced in Denmark, and anecdotes from various Danes. There is a small section on socio-political perceptions and the future of Hygge. The vast majority of the book is dev An enjoyable introduction to the Danish concept of achieving happiness through ordinary yet meaningful moments in one’s physical environment, pursuits, and relationships. The book provides pronunciation tips, some helpful vocabulary (Hygge has numerous grammatical and contextual iterations), context as to why and how Hygge is practiced in Denmark, and anecdotes from various Danes. There is a small section on socio-political perceptions and the future of Hygge. The vast majority of the book is devoted to examples of Hygge – not from the author but from individuals she interviewed. The result is a compilation of photos, brief descriptions of practices and recipes, and personal anecdotes which are organized into themes including “togetherness,” “inviting Hygge to the table,” “Hygge through the year” among others. I found this book to be calming and atmospheric. The cover and interior are beautifully designed and the selected photos truly complement the text. Pages are not text-heavy, allowing the book to be read in a single sitting (one or two hours). Although some readers have criticized this book for not providing more socio-cultural information or more self-help tips, my own feeling is that the book is meant to create the feeling of Hygge as one browses the anecdotes and images. I will be re-reading parts of this book (or all of it) after a challenging day at work or between heavy reads. As the author notes, Hygge is not purely a Danish phenomena; anyone can experience it. A good gift for someone who needs to slow down and enjoy the small moments in life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Am Y

    There's a special word for "happiness" in Denmark and that is "hygge". This book discusses all that hygge is about and comprises. We get stories from various Danish people about what hygge means to them, with lots of photos accompanying the text to try and help convey the feeling of hygge. There are hygge recipes, hygge interiors, hygge activities, etc. The last part of the book also very briefly discusses hygge from a sociocultural and political perspective - e.g. pros and cons of hygge, what h There's a special word for "happiness" in Denmark and that is "hygge". This book discusses all that hygge is about and comprises. We get stories from various Danish people about what hygge means to them, with lots of photos accompanying the text to try and help convey the feeling of hygge. There are hygge recipes, hygge interiors, hygge activities, etc. The last part of the book also very briefly discusses hygge from a sociocultural and political perspective - e.g. pros and cons of hygge, what hygge means today, the future of hygge, etc. Overall this book provides a romanticised and politically correct explanation of hygge, so is more of a coffee table book than anything else.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lauricia Dawn

    Had some good quotes here and there, and is obviously not BAD in the slightest, because its about hygge. However, it wasn’t as amazing as ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ both in layout, content, and information. I found this read had more quotes from other authors and speakers than the actual woman who’s name is on the front cover...hmm...still good, but not my favourite.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly De Kesel

    Not the greatest book in my opinion. However I do stand behind the Hygge philosophy but the book is rather informative on how the Danish experience hygge and not on how you can find your own hygge. When you're already into mindfulness and minimalism, you really don't learn anything new except a cultural point of view.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megsbookclub

    Reading Hygge, The Danish Art of Happiness was very enjoyable. 🤗I think Marie Tourell Soderberg captures truly what hygge is, means and describes. A simple word that can be a verb, noun or adjective. “A state of being at peace” ✌ “Small everyday moments that make you happy”... Reading a good book while learning about a new culture is a hygge for me! 📚 What is hygge to you? 🤷♀ Reading Hygge, The Danish Art of Happiness was very enjoyable. 🤗I think Marie Tourell Soderberg captures truly what hygge is, means and describes. A simple word that can be a verb, noun or adjective. “A state of being at peace” ✌️ “Small everyday moments that make you happy”... Reading a good book while learning about a new culture is a hygge for me! 📚 What is hygge to you? 🤷‍♀️

  27. 5 out of 5

    Polina Liapustina

    I really appreciate an author’s approach to this book, which being filled with stories of many people, seems a bit like a hyggelig talk itself. I think I could rather reflect than learn something, and again, it’s pretty natural. So that was a nice weekend reading, which I would probably suggest for autumn season.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chantelle

    This book was my introduction to hygge. I felt the book introduced some lovely concepts but much of the content was quotes from people living lives I will likely never be able to approximate. I suppose I hoped that it would offer more practical suggestions for carrying over Danish hygge principles into a hectic North American lifestyle. That being said, it was still a very endearing read and has sparked my interest in hygge so I will certainly seek out other books!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tess Burton

    I love the concept of hygge, but I’m sure there must be better books on the subject This is just a collection of photos, recipes and quotes - barely any words from the so-called author herself. Is there really so little to say about hygge?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Bonus star because it’s my favorite looking book on my shelf. :-)

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