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The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« on: December 21, 2017, 02:04:37 PM »
Thanks to the New York Times, I came across this concept which totally speaks to my love of coziness.  I followed links to other articles about the same concept and decided to get the book mentioned in the subject title out of the library. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/24/fashion/wintering-the-danish-way-learning-about-hygge.html

What do others think of the book? I have just started reading it.

And I'm curious to know what Danes think of the current North American interest in their idea.  Maybe I should ask Jacob over at ERE. 

I did read some criticism somewhere that while hygge is not about spending a ton of money to create the right atmosphere, some North Americans are trying to market it that way.  There is one NYT article that featured hygge wallpaper selling for $135-$175 a roll.  That seems contrary to the spirit of the book I'm reading...at least so far.

I plan to hygge with the book, my favourite tea, and my fireplace during tonight's snowfall as I wait for my boyfriend to fly in for Christmas. 

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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 10:30:26 PM »
You would do well to study the concept while living in a Scandanavian country during the winter :)  Sort of like 'how stoicism will make life pure gold'.  If it's voluntary, it's super-powerful. 

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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2017, 05:43:09 AM »
I just watched a youtube video where a girl does "5 days of Hygge" following this book.

I have personally not read the book, but I do think it is interesting how quickly this is becoming a capitalized trend. I also think it is interesting how it seems to be a forced thing.  From the comments of the video they brought up this example:

In the video the girl wanted to get the hygge feeling so she made some hygge "goals" and planned a board game night with friends. A Danish person commented that they would never think of doing/planning something "for Hygge", but more so after a really nice night of being inside and cozy with friends, they would get the feeling of hygge.

I do think though that allowing ourselves to embrace moments that have that feeling is awesome. Appreciating the simple things definitely can't hurt! But I worry that people are going to stress themselves out trying to be the most hygge.


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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2017, 12:04:42 PM »
You would do well to study the concept while living in a Scandanavian country during the winter :)  Sort of like 'how stoicism will make life pure gold'.  If it's voluntary, it's super-powerful. 

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As I've been reading I've been thinking of how it's like stoicism.  And how much appreciating the simpler comforts like hygge can come after having exerted oneself physically in some way.

I am Canadian and will be moving to an even snowier part of the country with a longer winter in a couple of months.  I think that's another reason why hygge appeals to me.


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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2017, 12:11:14 PM »
I just watched a youtube video where a girl does "5 days of Hygge" following this book.

I have personally not read the book, but I do think it is interesting how quickly this is becoming a capitalized trend. I also think it is interesting how it seems to be a forced thing.  From the comments of the video they brought up this example:

In the video the girl wanted to get the hygge feeling so she made some hygge "goals" and planned a board game night with friends. A Danish person commented that they would never think of doing/planning something "for Hygge", but more so after a really nice night of being inside and cozy with friends, they would get the feeling of hygge.

I do think though that allowing ourselves to embrace moments that have that feeling is awesome. Appreciating the simple things definitely can't hurt! But I worry that people are going to stress themselves out trying to be the most hygge.

I see what you mean.  It shouldn't be forced.  One article on the NYT website listed five "inexpensive" things to make your home more hygge.  That seemed forced.  Because it was about buying the experience rather than experiencing the experience.  (Not that I'm any expert on hygge.)  One of the things you could buy was a dog bed.  Nowhere in what I'm reading is a dog bed part of the experience.  If anything, having the dog lie with you on the couch would be more hygge. 

There is a section in the book entitled "The Best Things in Life are Free."  Certainly hygge can be done frugally.

And yeah...it doesn't seem to me from what I've read so far that hygge fits the whole SMART goals model.  Quite the opposite. 

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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2017, 12:18:13 PM »
We vacationed in Denmark this summer and our AirBnB hosts in Copenhagen had this book in our room that we rented.  My wife and I both enjoyed reading it and noticed that the Danes do like and live hygge.  Our hosts were awesome, and I would definitely visit Denmark again.  My favorite part about hygge is that if you have friends over, the burden of entertaining should not fall on one couple, but all the people at the party help with cooking and clean up.  It affords more time for visiting and reduces barriers to "I can't have people over because it would be too much work."  We also now try to have candles lit in our house on a regular basis.

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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2017, 12:26:40 PM »
We vacationed in Denmark this summer and our AirBnB hosts in Copenhagen had this book in our room that we rented.  My wife and I both enjoyed reading it and noticed that the Danes do like and live hygge.  Our hosts were awesome, and I would definitely visit Denmark again.  My favorite part about hygge is that if you have friends over, the burden of entertaining should not fall on one couple, but all the people at the party help with cooking and clean up.  It affords more time for visiting and reduces barriers to "I can't have people over because it would be too much work."  We also now try to have candles lit in our house on a regular basis.

I like that pressure being off too!  It seems definitely to be more about relationships and experiences than appearances than I am used to.  Certainly, when my boyfriend's mother comes over and makes comments about how she thinks my backyard is overgrown (I actually like a lot of shade in the backyard) or my level of housekeeping, I only feel stressed and like having her over less. 

The guy who wrote it works for the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. 

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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2017, 12:42:27 PM »
I love the concept and find it a pleasant way to approach cold weather but found this snarky article about hygge absolutely delightful:
https://www.bonappetit.com/story/what-is-hygge


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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2017, 12:57:20 PM »
I love the concept and find it a pleasant way to approach cold weather but found this snarky article about hygge absolutely delightful:
https://www.bonappetit.com/story/what-is-hygge

Ha!  That's hilarious.  Almost like it could be dovetailed with that Williams-Sonoma parody.  I especially thought this part was funny:  "Itís important that you know that hygge is not cutsey, but is cute. For example, it is not something with a bunny on it, but rather, something that a bunny would use, if a bunny had a kitchen."


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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2018, 05:56:15 PM »
Well, finished the book and loved it. At first I was afraid it might go in a spendy direction (which is fine I could just adapt for what I'd like it to be), but then I read the chapter Hygge on the Cheap and found this:

"Hygge might be bad for market capitalism, but it may prove to be good for your personal happiness. Hygge is appreciating the simple pleasures in life and can be achieved with very little money."

Also, bike riding is a part of it.  There is a section of a chapter entitled "Bikes and Happiness."  Very MMM indeed.

So, while I've always loved getting cozy (particularly in the winter), I'm glad I found this book. 

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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2018, 07:48:13 PM »
I love the concept and find it a pleasant way to approach cold weather but found this snarky article about hygge absolutely delightful:
https://www.bonappetit.com/story/what-is-hygge

Ha!  That's hilarious.  Almost like it could be dovetailed with that Williams-Sonoma parody.  I especially thought this part was funny:  "Itís important that you know that hygge is not cutsey, but is cute. For example, it is not something with a bunny on it, but rather, something that a bunny would use, if a bunny had a kitchen."

BPA- that was my favorite line too! And also the caption on the picture of the man cooking in front of his yurt.

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Re: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2018, 01:12:12 AM »
Book of Hygge is good i have gone through it.
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