A Celebration of Simple Pleasures. Living the Danish Way.
By Charlotte Abrahams
A beautifully written and stylishly designed guide to living a more hygge life.
Candlelight is hygge; the smell of freshly brewed coffee is hygge; the feel of crisp, clean bed linen is hygge; dinner with friends is hygge. 'Hygge', pronounced 'hoo-ga', is a Danish philosophy that roughly translates to 'cosiness'. But it is so much more than that. It's a way of life that encourages us to be kinder to ourselves, to take pleasure in the modest, the mundane and the familiar. It is a celebration of the everyday, of sensual experiences rather then things. It's an entire attitude to life that results in Denmark regularly being voted one of the happiest countries in the world.
So, with two divorces behind her and her 50th birthday rapidly approaching, journalist Charlotte Abrahams ponders whether it's hygge that's been missing from her life. Is it a philosophy we can all embrace? In a society where lifestyle trends tend to centre on deprivation - be it no sugar, no gluten, no possessions - what does cherishing yourself actually mean? And will it make her happy?
In Hygge, Charlotte Abrahams weaves the history of hygge and its role in Danish culture with her own attempts, as an English woman, to embrace a more hygge life. In this beautifully written and stylishly designed book, she examines the impact this has on her home, her health, her relationships and, of course, her happiness.
Light a candle, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get ready to enjoy your more hygge life.
Charlotte Abrahams is a highly respected writer, editor and curator specialising in design and the applied arts. She trained at Central St Martin's and since then has written regular features, columns and profiles for national broadsheets and magazines including Financial Times How to Spend It, Guardian Weekend Magazine, Crafts, Saturday Telegraph Magazine, Elle Decoration and Living Etc. She is also the author of two books, WALLPAPER: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE and WALLPAPER: A COLLECTION OF MODERN PRINTS. You can follow her on Twitter @Styleinsider.
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13 Oct 2016
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Abrahams' Hygge, Carvalho predicted, "could fill the Norwegian Wood hole for this Christmas". — Bea Carvalho, Waterstones' non-fiction buyer, THE GUARDIAN
Writer Charlotte Abrahams was approaching 50 and feeling flustered. She had a busy life but the niggling feeling something was missing. Already familiar with hygge, she decided to make her research into the concept 'a bit more personal' and attempted to apply the philosophy of 'self-kindness' to her own life, ditching multi-tasking for mindfulness, making time for cake and lie-ins and cherishing the way these changes improved life. — THE SIMPLE THINGS
Charlotte Abrahams's thoughtful, very personal book. — India Knight, SUNDAY TIMES