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From the author of the international bestseller The Little Book of HyggeLykke (Luu-kah) (n): HappinessIt's easy to see why Denmark is often called the world's happiest country. Not only do they have equal parental leave for men and women, free higher education and trains that run on time, but they burn more candles per household than anywhere else.So nobody knows more abouFrom the author of the international bestseller The Little Book of HyggeLykke (Luu-kah) (n): HappinessIt's easy to see why Denmark is often called the world's happiest country. Not only do they have equal parental leave for men and women, free higher education and trains that run on time, but they burn more candles per household than anywhere else.So nobody knows more about happiness - what the Danes call lykke - than Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of the bestselling sensation The Little Book of Hygge. But he believes that, whilst we can certainly learn a lot from the Danes about finding fulfilment, the keys to happiness are actually buried all around the globe.In this captivating book, he takes us on a treasure hunt to unlock the doors to inner fulfilment. From how we spend our precious time, to how we relate to our neighbours and cook dinner, he gathers evidence, stories and tips from the very happiest corners of the planet. This is the ultimate guide to how we can all find a little more lykke in our lives.Meik Wiking is the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and is one of the world's leading experts in happiness. Committed to understanding happiness, subjective well-being and quality of life, Meik works with countries across the world to discover and explore global trends of life satisfaction. Only someone absolutely dedicated to happiness sits in coffee shops across the world counting peoples' smiles!His first book, The Little Book of Hygge, became an international bestseller and will soon be published in 31 countries....

Title : The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People
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The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People Reviews

  • ☘Misericordia☘⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ❂❤❣
    2019-06-08 06:50

    Overall a good book on lykke. If only it did not include weird political references... it might have gotten 5 stars.Q:I thought it might cheer me up to see the victory speech of the first female US president, so I turned on the news....I was tired, and I was sad to hear that a lot of Americans would be facing four difficult years. In short, I was angry, tired, and sad. (с) For Christsake, how does the gender of the president fit into the happiness of the country. The electorate was 50/50, no matter who won, someone would have been disappointed and 'facing 4 difficult years'. Whining much? -2 stars for thisQ:These days, it is easier to notice the fighting rather than what is fine. (c)Q:Her dad decided to change that and he took her on a treasure hunt around the city: to look for color, for beauty, and for the good in the world. (c)Q:Books are wonderful idea-spreaders. (c)Q:That is essentially my job as CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen: to measure, understand, and generate happiness. At the institute, we explore the causes and effects of human happiness and work toward improving the quality of life of people across the world. (c)Q:The summer solstice may be a pagan ritual, but to this day it remains my favorite tradition. The Nordic sun sets into a night without darkness and the bonfires are lit throughout the country to celebrate midsummer. Remember: Danes are the direct descendants of Vikings, so we enjoy watching things burn: bonfires, candles, villages. It’s all good. (c)Q:A couple who are sharing their fifty-two weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave are strolling along the waterfront. A group of students are swimming in the clean water in the harbor, carefree, because not only are there no university tuition fees, students also receive the equivalent of $790 (after tax) every month from the government. Everything runs smoothly in Denmark. Well, almost. Four years ago, one train did arrive five minutes late. The passengers each got a letter of apology from the prime minister and a designer chair of their choice as compensation. (с)Q:Whether you look at the English word companion, the Spanish word compañero, or the French copain, they all originate from the Latin com and panis, meaning “with whom one shares bread.” (c)Q:However, I believe the Danes are happy not despite the high taxes but because of the high taxes—and most Danes would agree. Almost nine out of ten people living in Denmark say they happily pay their taxes, according to a Gallup survey undertaken in 2014. It’s all about knowing that happiness does not come from owning a bigger car but from knowing that everybody you know and love will be supported in their time of need. What works well in the Nordic countries is an understanding of the link between the good life and the common good. We are not paying taxes; we are purchasing quality of life. We are investing in our community. (c)Q:In Danish, the word for community is fællesskab. Fællesskab can be split up into fælles, meaning “common” or “shared,” and skab, which can mean either “cabinet” or “create.” Not only is community our common cabinet (our shared supplies), it is also something we create together. I think there is some beauty in that.Like the Germans, we Danes love compound words. Maybe it is because of the cold climate, but Danish words like to spoon. Råstofproduktionsopgørelsesskemaudfyldningsvejledning is the word for a manual to fill out a questionnaire about the production of raw materials. It is also the reason why Scrabble in Denmark is considered an extreme sport and is the number-one cause of wrist injuries. There are seventy words in the official Danish dictionary by the Society for Danish Language and Literature that have the word fællesskab in them. (c)Q:Bofællesskab:A cohousing schemeFællesgrav:A shared grave, e.g., where several people are buried togetherFællesskabsfølelse:A sense of communityFællesøkonomi:A shared economy, e.g. when couples have a joint bank accountSkæbnefællesskab:A shared destinyFællesskøn:A shared gender. Whereas most languages divide nouns into masculine and feminine, Danish nouns are divided into no gender and common gender—they are the hermaphrodites of nouns, if you will. (c)Q:BOFÆLLESSKAB—HAPPINESS OF THE COMMONS ...The place is called Fælleshaven. Yes, it is another compound word. Fælles means “common” and haven means “garden.” It is a bofællesskab. Fællesskab means “community” and bo means “to live.” A bofællesskab is a cohousing scheme, which originated in Denmark but rapidly spread to the rest of Scandinavia and onward.(c)Q:...Bodil Graae, who wrote an opinion piece called “Children Should Have One Hundred Parents” in one of the major papers in Denmark... (c)Q:A couple of years ago, the Danish anthropologist Max Pedersen did a large study of seniorbofællesskaber, cohousing for the elderly, and found that “it is difficult to see the data and statements as other than a success for the bofællesskaber”: 98 percent reported feeling safe in their community, 95 percent were satisfied with their living situation—but I think the most interesting data was that 70 percent reported having at least four friends among their neighbors. (c)Q:How many languages do you speak? (Three on average. After a bottle of wine: five; before my morning coffee: barely one.) (c)Q:There is a bench in my courtyard right outside my kitchen window where I often sit and read. From the bench, you can see a tall chestnut tree and hear the wind in the leaves. The bench also functions as a semiprivate space—I can be by myself, but I am still close enough to the public space that people will say hello and ask about the book I’m reading. You won’t ever get to know your neighbors if you never see them. Spaces like this—front gardens and porches—are called soft edges, and studies show that streets with soft edges feel safer and people tend to stay in them longer. Just being out in front of your house gives a welcoming vibe that encourages interaction. Few people would dare come into your kitchen to say hello, but if you are in your front garden, people may get to know you and you them. Because of my outdoor reading spot, I’ve learned that, upstairs from me, live Peter and his daughter Katrine, and further up lives Majed, who has a fruit store (with delicious peaches), and the last time I met him he was going on his first bike ride in twenty years. Interestingly, noise from neighbors ceases to be annoying once you get to know their names and stories. (c)Q:A couple of years ago, I called my bank to see if I could borrow some money to buy a place to live. When I said that I studied happiness for a living, the man on the other end of the line went awfully quiet. Long story short, I was in my mid-thirties, single, and spent the next couple of months on my friend’s couch with his two cats. You know, living the dream. But I didn’t despair: I knew people had my back. (c)Q:One December around a decade ago, the British Medical Journal published an article called “Why Danes Are Smug: Comparative Study of Life Satisfaction in the European Union.” It concluded that the key factor in the high level of life satisfaction among the Danes was consistently low expectations for the year to come. “Year after year, they are pleasantly surprised to find that not everything is getting more rotten in the state of Denmark.” This conclusion has been repeated by the BBC and CNN, among others. There is only one tiny issue: the article was meant as a joke. The December issue was a Christmas edition that also featured explanations for why Rudolph has a red nose (apparently, it is due to a high density of capillaries in his nose); and the article about the happy Danes also looked at the impact of a high share of blondes living in the country, the level of beer consumption (a reviewer suggested that Danes are happy because they are drunk when they participate in the surveys), and concluded that another reason was that beating Germany 2–0 in the Euro 92 Championship football final put Denmark in such a state of euphoria that the country has not been the same since.(c)Q:Expectation makes the heart grow fonder. ...Imagine you could have a kiss from anyone you want. Any celebrity. ...Do you have someone in mind? If you do, then consider this: When would you want that kiss? Now? In three hours? In twenty-four? In three days? In one year? In ten years? ...If you are like the respondents in a study undertaken by George Loewenstein, professor in economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Center for Behavioral Decision Research, you would want the kiss three days from now. Yes, someone actually researched this question. ...The point is, in some circumstances, expectation can be a source of great joy. However, we must also be aware that, in others, expectation and ambition can be a source of misery. (c)Q:In Denmark, and throughout the Nordic countries, conspicuous consumption is being somewhat curbed because of Janteloven, or the Law of Jante. The “law” comes from a 1933 novel by Danish Norwegian Aksel Sandemose and can be boiled down to “You’re no better than us.” It promotes a culture where people of high status are criticized because they have been classified as better—or pretend to be better—than their peers. In English, this is known as tall poppy syndrome....Where success may be enthusiastically flaunted in the US, humbleness is the bigger virtue in Scandinavia. Buy a luxury car with a personal license plate saying “SUCCESS” (as I saw in Riga, Latvia), and you can expect to have your car keyed within a day or two. (с)Q: the belief in the healing power of books is said to go as far back as ancient Egypt and Greece, where signs above libraries would let readers know that they were entering a healing place for the soul. More recently, psychologists at the New School for Social Research found that fiction books improve our ability to register and read others’ emotions and, according to an article in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, research also shows that literary fiction enhances our ability to reflect on our problems through reading about characters who are facing similar issues and problems. Basically, reading is free therapy. (c)Q:CREATE A SMILE FILERuby Receptionists has been named the number-one small company to work for in the US by Fortune magazine. When a new employee starts there, they are handed a “Smile File” and asked to write down every nice comment they receive from coworkers, clients, and their bosses. Why? Because people remember criticism far better than praise. It is an inexpensive approach we can apply in our personal lives to become more aware of the things that we do have, instead of focusing on what we don’t. Once a week, write down three to five things you are grateful for. Anything from “My family and friends are healthy” to “Coffee and the Rolling Stones,” but try also to elaborate on how they impact your life in a positive way. Studies show that translating our thoughts into concrete written language has advantages, compared to just thinking about it. It makes us more aware and increases the emotional impact. In recent years, “gratitude journals” have become more and more popular, but it is important not to treat these exercises as just another item on your to-do list. Also, studies show that it is better to do it occasionally—say, once a week—than every day, to keep it from becoming a routine. (c) This, I definitely want to do. It's immensely better than the annoying 'buddies' who are supposed to drag you aaround for a week, when you start working at some fucking companies! Q:HOW MUCH MONEY DOES HAPPINESS BUY?...“We have thousands of siblings in the study—so we can remove the effect of the parents. The happier brother is going to make more money later in life.” (c)Q:... great public spaces—like beautiful parks, bike paths, and walkable streets—function as social blenders; as equalizers in our cities and societies. We usually meet under the same conditions of social hierarchy. (c)Q:Moreover, when I ask our barista for a cup of coffee, I then walk five floors up to the top of the building and back down again, and the coffee is ready. It doesn’t take any more time and, as I drink four cups a day, it means I climb the stairs of a hundred-story building every week. Similarly, every two hours in front of the computer “costs” twenty-five push-ups.Do I get embarrassed when colleagues catch me doing this?Totally.Do I believe it is worth the embarrassment?I do. (c) Q:Shinrin-yoku literally translates to “forest bathing,” or taking in the atmosphere of the forest, and refers to soaking up the sights, smells, and sounds of a natural setting to promote physiological and psychological health. The term was first coined in 1982 but, today, millions of Japanese walk along forty-eight “forest therapy” trails, to get their dose of what I guess could be labeled “outdoorphins.” (c)Q:Until the US addresses this issue, according to Oliver, the only message that should go out on Mother’s Day is: “Mothers—we owe everything to them. They gave birth to us, they nurtured us, and they made us who we are. And this Mother’s Day, we have just one thing to say to all the mothers out there: Get the fuck back to work.” (c)Q:DO-NOT-DISTURB INITIATIVESTry out initiatives like Tuesday-morning quiet time, which may improve your sense of freedom at work. (c) Another cool takeout to promote efficiency and satisfaction at workplace.Q:ENCOURAGE PRAISE AMONG COWORKERS TO INCREASE TRUSTEmployee of the week is the one who has made their colleagues shine or told other people about their achievements. (c) This is likely too la-la land to be implementable anywhere with the possible exception of some companies in some countries.Q:Lars AP is the son of an American father and a Danish mother and the founder of the Danish movement Fucking Flink. Flink is Danish for “kind,” “nice,” “friendly,” “good-natured.”In 2010, he published the book Fucking Flink: Can the Happiest People in the World Also Become the Fucking Friendliest? (c)Q:In fact, I think there should be a word for “the joy of complaining,” so let’s invent one: Beschwerdefreude. Obviously, it has to be in German, a language that has not only given us words like Weltschmerz (literal meaning, “world pain”; sadness caused by the state of the world) and Schadenfreude (joy experienced when others are suffering) but also has a word for a present you give as an apology (Drachenfutter—literally, “dragon fodder”) and the feeling you get when you are getting older and fear that opportunities are slipping away (Torschlusspanik), and Kopfkino (literally, “head cinema”; the act of playing out an entire scenario in your mind). (c)Q:Let’s put a positive spin on the phrase “If you see something, say something.” If you see something that increases the happiness of you, your community, or the world as a whole, talk about it, write about it, film it, photograph it—and pass it on....Most important, find out how you can have a positive impact on your world. On our world. We need more dreamers and doers. We need more creators of kindness, heroes of happiness, and champions of change. ...The way the world is going, some might call this false hope—but there has never been anything false about hope.And remember: there is no point in being a pessimist—that shit never works anyway. (c)

  • Christine Spoors
    2019-06-23 00:40

    I am so glad that I loved this second book as much as I enjoyed The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well!Lykke (Luu-kah) (n): HappinessThis book takes us on a treasure hunt, looking for the keys to happiness around the world. The book discusses togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust and kindness. I liked that the book still referred back to Denmark throughout as I love learning more about Denmark. This book not only helps you think about happiness, but also society, and ways in which the society you live in could improve.I really enjoy Wiking's writing. He uses an interesting mix of facts, case studies, real stories from his life and statistics. The book is also filled with photographs and graphs which break things up and add to how cheerful and cosy it is. I'm always surprised by how easy these books are to read, despite the amount of information we get.What I love the most about these books is that they make me think about my life. They make you take a step back and realise that there are little changes you can make to be happier. His books always leave me feeling motivated and inspired, and I love that. As everything is based on facts and statistics you learn more about the world, especially through the treasure hunt in this book.Goodreads currently doesn't say if Wiking will be writing another book, but I really hope that he does. I'll buy it straight away!Thank you to Penguin Life for sending me a copy to review!

  • Kristina
    2019-05-27 22:52

    That's literally happiness in a book form! 💞Please, read it! I guarantee you that you'll feel inspired to do more with your life and loved ones!I'd read anything that Meik writes in the future.

  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
    2019-06-05 06:39

    Originally posted on A Frolic Through Fiction*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.Oh what a lovely little book.Just like Meik Wiking’s other book – The Little Book of Hygge – this book is just so beautifully made. From the content itself to the design of each page, this is one of those books I can imagine myself coming back to many a time, if only to flick through the pages. Like I said with Hygge, it could be given as a gift, and just owning it is a joy.Granted, I didn’t quite enjoy this as much as I did The Little Book of Hygge. Since this one was specifically about happiness, some of the devices used throughout the book just seemed to come across as a bit of a “self-help” book instead. If you said “tips on how to gain maximum levels of cosiness” vs “tips on how to be happy”…well, I think you can tell which one sounds like a self help book. Which seemed to throw me off a bit for some reason. I think because talking about cosiness can really bring about that overall atmosphere and comforting feeling, whereas talking about happiness didn’t quite bring about as strong a reaction from me. Think of that what you will.That, paired with my sheer inability to relate to most of the examples given, would probably count for why I didn’t adore this one as much. A lot of the time this book talks about being a parent or having a busy working 9-5 life, neither of which I have.That being said, it was still really interesting to read. I found the facts and random scatterings of anecdotes a nice way to section everything off, while providing a wider insight into the topic overall. While not all of the “tips” seemed achievable in my everyday life, I loved seeing the small stories of how they had worked for other people and the active changes people made throughout their lives. Just a small glimpse into another culture was enough to keep me interested throughout.So while it didn’t quite wow me as much as The Little Book of Hygge, I would still highly recommend to those of you who have any bague interest in it whatsoever. It’s a stunning book to flip through, and you never know – you might find something new along the way too!

  • Krystal
    2019-06-24 04:42

    What a charming little book! I read a lot of heavy spiritual books with the aim of learning how to lead a more fulfilling life and these tend to be dense and rich in material on the psyche. This was such a breath of fresh air! It was so refreshing to read about tangible ways of enhancing, not just my own quality of life, but the lives of those in my community. It's so simple!!The writing is easy, and the facts serve to highlight, where too often statistics will overwhelm and detract from the message. This book uses evidence from studies all over the world, and even though it's inspired by the overall happiness of the Danish, it never comes across as snobbish. Rather, the intention here is simply to point out what works for different countries and social classes. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about people all over the world choosing happiness, and making small changes that have big positive effects. I loved that it suggested physical things that can be applied. I enjoyed the comparisons between cities and countries. It's just so beautifully positive!Reading this book has made me want to go out and find little ways to do good that will bring happiness. The book's message is selfless and that's definitely rubbed off on me and inspired me to contribute more to society.If you're someone who wants to contribute to your society, if you're depressed about the state of the world, if you feel like your life is missing something: this book is for you. And even if none of those is you, but you simply enjoy smiling? Read it. Highly recommend.

  • Marieke
    2019-06-26 01:55

    Toen ik zag dat er een nieuw boek was van de schrijver van Hygge: de Deense kunst van het leven, wist ik dat ik dit boek ook wilde lezen. Dus ik reserveerde hem bij de bibliotheek, haalde hem op en begon meteen!In Lykke vertelt de schrijver over geluk. Hoe kunnen we gelukkig worden? Welke dingen spelen allemaal een rol bij geluk? En hoe zorg je zelf voor een gelukkiger leven? Voor dit boek heeft de schrijver heel veel onderzoeken gelezen. En daarnaast heeft hij zelf ook veel onderzoeken naar geluk gedaan. Deze worden allemaal beschreven in dit boek, meestal met een afbeelding om het onderzoek te verhelderen. De vormgeving hiervan is geweldig, net zoals dat bij Hygge: de Deense kunst van het leven ook zo was. Maar in dit boek vond ik de afwerking iets minder goed. Bij sommige tabellen en grafieken had ik geen idee wat er precies werd afgebeeld. Soms stond dit uitgelegd in de tekst, maar soms was die informatie nergens te bekennen. En dat vond ik jammer. De schrijfstijl van dit boek is net zo vlot als zijn andere boek. Je vliegt echt door de hoofdstukken. Door kleine anekdotes en grapjes van de schrijver blijft het boek lekker lezen. Maar er zat wel meer herhaling in dit boek dan in zijn vorige boek. Er worden 3 bladzijdes gewijd aan een voorval en datzelfde voorval wordt in de laatste bladzijde van hetzelfde hoofdstuk alwéér aangehaald. Dat vond ik toch een beetje jammer. Al met al ben ik blij dat ik dit boek gelezen heb hoor! Het concept is enorm interessant en het boek is ontzettend mooi vormgegeven. Maar ik ben ook wel weer blij dat het uit is, want ik ging mij wel een beetje storen aan de vele herhalingen.

  • Kirsty
    2019-06-28 05:05

    Publishers certainly seem to be milking the current interest in Scandinavian lifestyle books; The Little Book of Lyyke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People is by the author of The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well, which I found rather lovely. The intention of Wiking's second book is 'to take you treasure hunting; to go in pursuit of happiness; to find the good that does exist in the world - and to bring this into the light so that, together, we can help it spread.' It is more of a 'how to' book than anything, really, giving hints and tips for ways that we can live better lives.I admire Wiking's intentions, and thought that the book on the whole was rather an interesting approach to tapping into worldwide happiness, but it did not quite live up to The Little Book of Hygge in my opinion. The Little Book of Lykke feels rather choppy, made up as it is of long sections with lots of very small chapters which do not tend to really link up into any kind of cohesion. The case studies were a nice inclusion, but it did not quite come together for me.

  • Isabel
    2019-06-11 03:44

    I loved this book and I plan on reading it again, with a notebook at hand. It made me smile, it made me think and it helped me realize what potential we all have.

  • Tina
    2019-06-23 23:49

    Loved this! So much more inspiration than The Little Book of Hygge.

  • Jo
    2019-06-07 05:54

    I won this in the giveaways in exchange for an honest review. Following on from The Little Book of Hygge, Wiking looks at happiness around the world and talks about the studies he's done. This is a beautifully presented little book with illustrations and photographs throughout. I'm not sure if I agree with everything but we all definitely need a little more care and joy in our lives.

  • Ksenia (vaenn)
    2019-06-21 05:04

    Книжка Міка Вікінга про хюґе пояснювала, як жеж бідні данці виживають посеред своєї споконвічної сірості. А оця книжечка уже про щастя взагалі - вірніше, про роботу Міка Вікінга та те, чим вона (на його думку) є корисною. Він ділиться статистикою, роз'яснює, на які критерії вони спираються в роботі Інституту дослідження щастя, докладно аналізує ці критерії, розкладає по шухлядках, аналізує реальні кейси, що в ці шухлядки гарно вкладаються - таке всяке. Заразом трішки філософствує про природу щастя та дає практичні поради на щодень. Поради місцями слушні, місцями... страшенно далекі від народу (проте Вікінг - дядько чесний, він відкрито визнає, що він працює переважно зі стадією "Уже їдять тістечка", тобто за проблеми щастя третього світу шериф не береться). А от все, що стосується соціології та економтеорії - читалося дуже захопливо. Ще тут багато гарних картинок, не дуже багато про хюґе (а от прикладів з данських реалій чимало) і лейтмотив про "В основі індивідуального щастя лежить загальне благополуччя, давайте попрацюємо над загальним благополуччям!". І з цього приводу навіть не дуже кортить понатякати на рожеві окуляри. В данців-бо справді воно якось працює.

  • Beth Bonini
    2019-05-29 00:45

    The world definitely needs more Lykke right now . . . and one of the most profound points that the author makes in this book is that individual happiness and communal happiness are inextricably linked. Focusing on six major indicators of happiness - togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust and kindness - Wiking breaks down why some communities (or countries) are doing a better job than others in creating happy citizens. Inequality, unfairness and injustice are the 'enemy', while empathy, trust and cooperation are demonstrated to be 'the way forward'. The author Meik Wiking keeps the tone light, and he is partial to puns and jokes. It's obvious that he not only wants to make this book fun and easy to read, but he wants to 'preach' without being preachy in the sanctimonious sense. There are bright colours, cute illustrations, beautiful photography and ideas that are put forth in the most straightforward way - even though he does refer frequently to academic research. My only criticism is that it feels a little too 'shiny, happy' and bullet-pointed at times; but on the other hand, I think that the simplicity of the book is important for the egalitarian 'anyone can do it' attitude of the book. I definitely took some notes and have some take-away ideas from reading it. In truth, I would probably only rate this book a 3.5, but in the spirit of positivity which the book encourages, I am rounding up.

  • Inge
    2019-06-14 01:37

    Absolutely lovely.

  • Charlotte Langstroth
    2019-06-27 01:55

    “Everything runs smoothly in Denmark. Well, almost. Four years ago, one train did arrive five minutes late. The passengers each got a letter of apology from the prime minister and a designer chair of their choice as compensation.”.I read “The Little Book Of Lykke” on and off between being in Denmark and now - so nearly two months. A long time for such a short book but I wanted to be able to relate the content and practices in reflection to my own lifestyle..From front to back this is like a little bible of well being. It’s full of personal stories, case studies and statistics mixed with considered photographs and illustrations. One thing that made is so enjoyable for me (and a definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) is that it doesn’t actually feel like I’ve read a book - it feels like I’ve been part of a conversation. Miek’s way of writing is so witty, personal, supportive - never pessimistic and never dense. Mange tak Miek 😊🇩🇰

  • Ali Caitrin
    2019-06-13 00:40

    I have been a big fan of Meik ever since I read The Little Book of Hygge. With that in mind, I had high hopes for his next book and it has still managed to exceed my expectations! Meik understands that each of us are unique and I loved that he shared what can make people happy from all over the world, not just the Danes. He also didn't write this book to tells us all the answers but instead gives us a 'treasure map' to help us on our journey! If you're looking for a read that'll make you smile and give you some motivation along the way, The Little Book of Lykke is the book you need.Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a proof copy in exchange for a review :)

  • Zoe (readabilitea)
    2019-06-22 06:37

    I thought this was going to be a disappointing read, nothing but a publisher's ploy to make more money out of a tried and tested author (and let's face it, it still is) BUT I really loved reading this. I loved the photos included, and I loved the style of illustrations. I liked the global view it took but still with an element of focus on Denmark a.k.a. my future home. I also loved how the inclusion of resources/apps/websites etc which can help us all be happier.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-30 02:38

    The Little Book of Lykke was my first read of 2018, and it was the perfect choice to start the year off positively. I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s an excellent follow-up book to The Little Book of Hygge, full of inspiration for how you can participate in creating a kinder, happier world. You’ll want to be a better person after reading it.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-28 00:57

    This was an interesting read. There was quite a lot of information about happiness and what can make people happy. I didn't love this one as much as his first book but I still quite enjoyed this one.

  • Rita
    2019-06-20 00:01

    Neste volume Meike Wiking explora a felicidade (e a procura dela) em coisas mais realistas e quotidianas como o dinheiro e saúde. Apesar de ser muito interessante tal como O Livro do Hygge, neste livro houve uma abordagem mais seguida por histórias reais que, apesar de muito interessantes e importantes, achei um pouco mais "massudo" ao passo que a leitura no volume anterior é muito mais simples. No fundo, gostei da leitura mas preferi o primeiro livro do autor.

  • Harlen
    2019-06-24 03:35

    Kinda fun and not serious. I liked the examples of how people have created communities and happiness in their lives.

  • Clare
    2019-06-22 02:03

    4.5 stars

  • Amena
    2019-06-08 06:48

    The last of the September reads. There is something about togetherness and feeling close to those around you that this book hits right on the spot. This sweet book shows how we can find a little bit more happiness in our lives. It's not rocket science, but I did take away some ideas from this. I enjoyed the authors sense of humour and loved the layout of the book, with cute illustrations and super photography. It's a cosy, beautiful read.3.5 🌟

  • Jacquelyn Merryfield
    2019-06-06 06:41

    His job is FASCINATING and I applaud him for what he does- but the book was annoying with his endless bragging about Denmark. I was confused by how often he compared the Danes studies to the United States when the population and demographics make it very difficult to produce a sound argument. I do think the country has many habits the United States would benefit from, however, and I appreciate the work he is doing. I would be interested to read the book that came before this one, too.

  • Madelyne
    2019-06-24 04:35

    From now on Meik Wiking should release a new book every December and that is how I should start my new year. Always. This is how I started 2017 and how I started this year. Even though I pre-ordered this book and received it the day of its publication, I was hard pressed to pass up listening to the audiobook. I would really like to marry Meik Wiking's voice (oh yes he's nice to look at too *wink*). I think for many my fascination and desire for hygge to become a huge part of my life was a little strange and as always you have the people jumping at the chance to say something derogatory about a trend. Hygge did become quite a worldwide trend/phenomenon in 2017, but is that so bad? If the idea of Lykke, which is the Danish word for happiness and not a lifestyle choice, took off quite the same way... you know the only downside would be the world would be happier. The aim of this book is not to belittle the challenges we face. I am painfully aware of the struggles of many, how difficult times are, and how big the stakes are for much of humanity.In this book I was in a perpetual state of goosebumps showing up, several times of passionate "let's do this", and yes, as strange as it may sound, crying. There is a deep desire to be content in life and when you can recognize this does not come from possessions, people, or status, it only serves to increase your desire to find the answer.If in the United States we can't achieve many of the ideas in Lykke on a government level then we need to strive to see them happening on a corporate level and most definitely in the public forum. I would say if you own a business, add this to your reading right now. I would say give it to your employees, your family, your friends. I don't see why everyone shouldn't read this and be touched in one way or another by the idea that we can make our world better and we can find simple ways to be happier and help others to do so too.I can't say that I like this book better than Meik Wiking's Hygge book, but I can say I love how he incorporates EVERYONE. He doesn't only speak to or about the Danish people. Through his research and travels he touches on how other countries are fighting for happiness and how while Hygge is a huge part of Danish culture...they are not in fact the perfect country. He is quick to tell you that your problems will not be solved simply by moving to Denmark and that for some that is not even a plausible endeavor. Read here: You can find happiness (lykke) and implement lifestyle changes (hygge) to your life RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE.I still want to move to Denmark. When the statistics are presented that the United States is one of only two countries in the world not offering compensation for things like maternity's hard to not get a little disenchanted with your patriotic push.I already can tell you this is going to be a 2018 favorite. If you listen to the audiobook, definitely get a physical copy of the book too because there are graphs and pictures throughout!

  • Melis
    2019-06-05 00:56

    It was nice to see the results of researchs done on this subjects and the factors affecting happiness. However i didn’t enjoy it as much as i did hygge. I think it’s because it doesn’t really give a take home message. Sure, it’s not the whole point of the book (and i wasn’t expecting exactly that anyway) and it gives some suggestions on how to improve your happiness level. But these suggestions seems useless because while i was reading i couldn’t shake the feeling that it’s not a personal happiness (especially for topics like freedom etc.) it’s governmental policies that make danish people happy. And while we want that kind of happiness it’s not always really in our hands is it? And i do understand that this is not the writers problem. He’s offering a change of perspective. However the topics he’s based his book upon tend to be cultural and general problems rather than personal perspectives. It’s not a personal obstacle and might not be fixed through personal effort. And i’m not saying that the book is bad but because of these reasons i didn’t enjoy it as much as i did the ‘hygge’ book. It felt like someone said “hygge was a great idea and a bestseller. Why not have more” but that didn’t work for me. (Sorry for the review that’s all over the place but yeah)

  • Jeana
    2019-06-28 06:47

    Another great book—I’m fascinated with the interesting little tidbits he gives us on what makes happier people. I loved the part about reading “literary fiction” and how that makes people more empathetic. I mean, I already knew it, but it’s nice to hear stuff you’ve thought all along be confirmed. Oh, and I love the color illustrations throughout!

  • Denise
    2019-06-06 01:41

    Very cute easy read. I basically skimmed through this and will probably glance at it every so often between books. There are a great deal of common sense ideas to be happy along with supporting evidence. I’ve been to Denmark and it’s a very lovely and admirable country. Would the world be a better place incorporating the ideals of this culture? Of course! However, sadly the world is not like this and what we can do is incorporate some of these ideas into our own personal lives to make our individual experience a little more brighter.

  • Rosanne
    2019-05-31 06:48

    Een mooi boek, met een fijne positieve insteek. Er staan absoluut nuttige tips in, maar ik vind het geen must-read. Gewoon een leuk boek voor tussendoor :).

  • Biljana
    2019-06-02 00:01

    Nakon The Little Book of Hygge, objavljene 2016., prošla godina donijela je svojevrsni nastavak: The Little Book of Lyke, ili kako u hrvatskom prevodu glasi - Lykke - Potraga za najsretnijim ljudima na svijetu.Lykke je podijeljena na devet poglavlja od kojih šest govore o dijelovima slagalice koji ljude čine srećnijim: zajedništvo, novac, zdravlje, sloboda, povjerenje i ljubaznost, a unutar ovih šest poglavlja nalaze se razrada teme, savjeti i primjeri drugih ljudi.Obogaćena brojnim statističkim podacima i istraživanjima iz Danske, ali i ostatka Evropske unije i svijeta, Lykke je pravo malo putovanje u srž svakodnevnih iskustava koja nas čine srećnijim.Moram napomenuti da se nigdje u ovim brojnim statistikama i anketama ne pominju države zapadnog Balkana, što svakako ne umanjuje interesovanje prilikom čitanja, naprotiv, Lykke nam može poslužiti za poređenje kako se druge države brinu o dobrobiti svojih građana, i koliko to utiče na kvalitet života i količinu sreće kod ljudi, što je i glavna tema.Od predivnih korica, preko još ljepših ilustracija i fotografija, Lykke nas uči kako da budemo bolji prema drugima, a ujedno i prema sebi, i kako da svakodnevnim sitnicama poboljšamo kvalitet života.P.S. Hygge i Lykke na hrvatskom možete naći u izdanju ''Mozaika'' ili naručiti ''Penguin'' izdanja na engleskom.

  • Scott
    2019-06-25 01:36

    I found this one to be pretty disappointing. The author apparently researches happiness through a think tank in Denmark. According to him, there are six elements to happiness: health, money, togetherness, trust, freedom, and kindness. Each chapter of the book goes over these elements: the meaning behind them, some studies showing some relationships within that element, and then some tips to get happier in that element. That all sounds pretty good, but in practice, I didn't find The Little Book of Lykke to be all that useful.Firstly, each chapter felt a bit disorganized. They are mostly composed of a bunch of short sub-chapters that kind of relate to the overall super-chapter, but don't really relate to each other. Not all of the sub-chapters were particularly useful, either - often they'd just be about some study showing something too specific and non-actionable. It made for scattered reading, and made it difficult to incorporate the ideas into real life.Secondly, many of the tips are very tough, if not impossible, to implement. A lot of chapters would just sort of say "well, in Denmark, the government's set up so you can do this really cool thing." Well... what does someone do in some other country with that information? Some of this might really be on me, though. In the Togetherness chapter, the author recommends some ways to get to know your neighbors, but his suggestions are absolutely terrifying to me. So maybe I'm just not committed enough to take good suggestions. Still, I would have appreciated some advice that was more achievable and more relevant to my situation. Finally, I found the layout of the book to be pretty irritating. The type is really small. There are a ton of pictures that felt really unnecessary to me. And many of the graphs were poorly labeled - in particular, axes and units were not clearly indicated. If you're not going to fully explain the graph, why put it in the book?! I realize a lot of people really like the style of the book, though, so, again, maybe I'm just ornery.There are some small things that I'm going to try to take from the book. First, I do want to exercise more, and, specifically, bike around more. This is kind of scary to me - I'm worried about getting hit by cars, and I've also had some back pain related to riding my bike - but I think really worthwhile. I think I am going to take some very small steps towards getting to know my neighbors - maybe offering cookies or something to people. I'd also like to try to eat meals more with other people. I plan to create a gratitude journal that I'll enter into once a week with three to five things that I'm grateful for. I'd like to look into joining a walking group and, in general take more walks in nature. One idea I thought was really interesting: a smile file, where you keep a record of all the nice things/compliments that you receive.There are some nice nuggets in The Little Book of Lykke, but I think it's pretty skim-able. I wouldn't spend too much time on close reading, but use the book as a reference for some quick tips to make your life a little bit more pleasant.