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Ready for hygge? First, say it as the Danes do: “hoo-gah.” Then embrace this ancient Danish approach to a healthy, happy everyday life. Hygge activities – savoring a cup of coffee, tending a garden, hosting your friends for a dinner or an overnight stay, sitting in front of a fire, and much more – free you from a stressed life of electronics, deadlines and competition. Louisa Thomsen Brits explains how to return to what really matters: comfort, security and your relationships with others. Non-Nordic readers may find some comparisons puzzling and may have to reread to grasp the concepts underlying hygge, which – as this beautifully produced book will show you – turns out to be a comforting way to interact with yourself, others and your environment. getAbstract recommends this attractive introduction to a calmer lifestyle.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to understand the Danish concept of hygge,
  • How to implement activities that promote hygge and
  • How being hyggelig can affect your life in positive ways.

About the Author

Louisa Thomsen Brits is of English and Danish heritage. Hygge is the language of belonging that she learned from her Danish family as a child when she spent vacations with her relatives in Denmark.



The Secret to Danish Happiness

The Danes are among the happiest people on Earth. Their secret is hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) – the sensation of feeling “warm, safe, comforted and sheltered.” If your life is hectic, stopping to enjoy a hyggeligt moment can help you achieve a sense of calm. To hygge might include cuddling up with someone you care about; enjoying a soothing, candlelit bath; or relaxing with a great read. Hygge is an invitation to share feelings of “humanity and warmth” at home, in your workplace, and in your town or country.

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