Recommended Book of the Week: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Hygge is the art of being happy

Hygge is the art of being happy - Credit: Archant

Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world and according to some people it’s all down to hygge (pronounced HUE-ga).

Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things and even drinking cocoa by candlelight.

Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, has spent years studying Danish life and what makes people happy. In this inspiring book he helps the reader to become more hygge. Everything from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress. He says he is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.