Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Art of Hygge: The Danish Export of Happiness

The Danish people are considered to be some of the happiest people in the world, and now they export their happiness in the form of hygge:

Hygge is as Danish as pork roast and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that's hygge too. There's nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are the happiest people in the world?

I just ordered some used copies of the following books to find out more about my neighboring country's secret to a happy life – "The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well" (2016) by Meik Wiking and "Say Ja to Hygge!: A parody: How to Find Your Special Cosy Place" (2016) by Dr Magnus Olsensen.

The author Meik Wiking is the CEO of the think tank The Happiness Research Institute that published "The Facebook Experiment", a study that came to the conclusion that people got happier, more productive and less stressed by not using Facebook for one week.

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