The Little Book of Lykke

The Little Book of Lykke

The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People

Book - 2017
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"A practical guide to what makes us happy, from the CEO of the Happiness Research Instititue in Copenhagen and bestselling author of The Little Book of Hygge. We all know Denmark is the happiest country in the world--but this doesn't make it perfect. Happiness isn't exclusively Danish. Nor is it just eating pastries, lighting candles, and practising hygge. Happiness is something available to all, wherever you are, and whatever your means. Starting from the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Meik Wiking, probably the happiest man in the world, travels across the globe on a quest to uncover the secrets of the very happiest people from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro, taking back to his native country their tips, tricks, and unique approaches to a fulfilled life. Exploring the happiness gap for parents, how much money you really need to buy happiness, and why--luckily for us--the expectation of kissing Rachel Weiss is better than the real thing, Meik brings together a global roadmap for happiness with his trademark wit. Weaving together original research and personal anecdotes, The Little Book of Lykke gives us a new approach to achieving everyday happiness."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Penguin Canada,, 2017
ISBN: 9780735234895
Branch Call Number: ANF 158 WIK
Characteristics: 285 pages : colour illustrations ; 19 cm

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Mar 22, 2018

I just finished this book and must admit I liked it. I was hooked at the very beginning when the author described the midsommer bonfires of his youth and confessed that Danes like burning things like bonfires, candles, villages. It brought smiles to my face many times as I read about the positive contributions to happiness in Denmark (and in Canada). I imagine that Meik Wiking is naturally an upbeat person and well-suited to his Happiness Research Institute. He doesn't dwell on the negative but rather looks for happiness and the whys of it wherever it can be found, and people, projects and government policies that contribute to that happiness. Especially, I lauded his remarks on the ability to engender empathy in readers of literary fiction. Working a little to understand the protagonists should, for many of us, reveal different perspectives and give us more understanding of those not in our shoes. The book itself is an entity designed to uplift our spirits - its small size, the lovely and simple illustrations, the short chapters, the inclusion of many easy-to-understand statistical charts, the amount of white space on each page (but maybe not the tiny font). No less effective is the conversational narrative where Wiking divulges his personal perspectives like his unrequited feelings for Rachel Weisz.

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