The author of the bestselling “The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well” and founder and CEO of the famous Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Meik Wiking, will give an open lecture for the Festival Programme at the Moscow Urban Forum at Zaryadye. Wiking's lecture, "Happiness in the City," will start at 19:00 on Friday, July 20. A detailed programme of the event is available at http://mosurbanforum.ru/fest.
Meik Wiking is the head of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark. He also represents his country at the World Database of Happiness and is one of the founders of the Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies. Wiking holds a degree in business and political science. He earlier worked at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vilstrup Research and was the director of the think tank Monday Morning. Wiking has written a number of books and reports on the topic of happiness, subjective wellbeing, and quality of life, and he gives lectures all around the world.
The author says he has discovered certain common characteristics among the happiest people in the world. The Danish regularly take first place in the UN World Happiness Report. How do they manage to enjoy life when the weather outside is nasty and days are so short you do not even notice them? Well, the Danish have a unique life philosophy that comes down to a few simple rules that help create an atmosphere of calm, warmth, and friendliness: hygge. In both Danish and Norwegian, "hygge" refers to a kind of everyday harmony. In his book, Wiking describes eight methods of achieving hygge, and most of them are very simple: "make your home cozy," "invite close friends and family to your house," "eat good food and enjoy the process of cooking," "have a sense of moderation in pleasures," and others.