How to Hygge

How to Hygge

The Nordic Secrets to A Happy Life

eBook - 2017
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The "Danish coziness" philosophy is fast becoming the new "French living" in terms of aspirational lifestyle books and blogs. There are countless viral articles comparing the happiness levels of Americans versus Danes. Their homes are more homey; their people are more cheerful. It's an attitude that defies definition, but there is a name for this slow-moving, stress-free mindset: hygge (pronounced "hoo-ga"). Hygge values the idea of cherishing yourself: candlelight, bakeries, and dinner with friends; a celebration of experiences over possessions, as well as being kind to yourself and treasuring a sense of community.

How to Hygge by chef and author Signe Johansen is a fresh, informative, lighthearted, fully illustrated how-to guide to hygge. It's a combination of recipes, helpful tips for cozy living at home, and cabin porn: essential elements of living the Danish way--which, incidentally, encourages a daily dose of "healthy hedonism." Who can resist that?

Publisher: New York :, St. Martins Griffin,, 2017
ISBN: 9781250122049
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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SPL_Robyn Feb 16, 2017

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, Feb 2017

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Apr 07, 2018

It's April 2018 and there is snow everywhere and the idea of being cozy and enjoying your home is great. This book covers different areas of your life, work, home and how to increase hygge. There are lots of great recipes and decorating tips. The book is divided into chapters so you can skip around and has helpful bullet points to emphasize her main points. Also has a helpful index if you want to look up any terms or recipes. Very enjoyable, lazy day read.

Aug 21, 2017

Prior to reading this book, I've never heard about hygge. One positive thing that came out of me reading the book is that I generally got the meaning of the concept. To summarize 200 pages in one sentence - live in the moment, be happy with what you have, appreciate small things and don't sweat small stuff. I found "How to hygge" by Johansen to be a combination of a cook book and the IKEA catalogue. Seriously.

Aug 08, 2017

Lovely explanation of the idea of hygge ("hoo-ga"). I thought it would be a more general lifestyle and philosophy book than it is, but there is a lot of food within the covers. Not a bad thing, just not what I expected.

JCLOctavia Jun 08, 2017

A comforting book that explains everything "Hygge". The how, where and why of hygge is simple and thoughtful. The recipes have colorful pictures and are easy to make. Also, there is a great listing of further readings just encase the book leaves you wanting more "Hygge".

May 19, 2017

Really good book- great suggestions and recipes.

mallc Mar 22, 2017

A cute survey of Nordic culture and coziness. Includes both design and food tips along with some personal reflections on living in Denmark.

SPL_Robyn Feb 16, 2017

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, Feb 2017


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SPL_Robyn Feb 16, 2017

Journalist Helen Russell introduced the western world to the Danish concept of hygge in her 2015 book, The Year of Living Danishly. Pronounced “heu-ga” (sort of), hygge has become the next trending phenomenon of house and home, the creation of the comfortable feeling of well-being one gets from being surrounded by favourite things, favourite people and following favourite pursuits, particularly in the darker months of winter. It is similar to, but the opposite of mindfulness – taking pleasure in the simple things and ‘small adventures’, but doing so in companionship with others. Given that Danes are considered one of the happiest populations in the world, and that they share a common landscape and seasons with Canada, hygge is a concept for which Canadians should feel a definite affinity.
The publishing world has taken note, and there are numerous hygge books on the market now; chef and food writer Signe Johanson’s is probably one of the most beautiful. The texture of the book itself is hygge… a fabric cover, non-glossy pages, lovely photographs, and sprinklings of advice, recipes and designing decor tips on how to cultivate your own atmosphere of hygge. Warm knits, candlelight, (surprisingly healthy) comfort food… it sounds heavenly, no?
However Johansen’s book has one thing the others (I have seen so far) do not… an emphasis on the outdoors. As much as hygge can appear to be the delight of cocooning oneself against the winter, Johanson insists that one does this after making time to be active outside, no matter the weather – to delay the gratification of a cozy evening after doing what you can, what your body allows you to do, outside. Skiing, certainly, but walking, hiking, having a snowball fight, building a snowfort, or even going for a swim (indoors!) and feeling the tingle of cold air on one’s still damp hair afterward, before retreating to your warmest, fleece-lined sofa-corner for a cup of tea. Or gløgg, of course. The recipe is included. Happy hygge!

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