Penguin Life lands Wiking's Hygge Home

Penguin Life lands Wiking's Hygge Home

Penguin Life has landed The Hygge Home, the fourth book from Meik Wiking, founder of the world's first Happiness Research Institute.

Editorial director Emily Robertson bought world rights directly from the author and will publish in spring 2022.

The blurb explains: “The Hygge Home will teach us all how to create a much-needed cosy safe space in our homes into which we can retreat to escape the tough things going on in the outside world. He will explore the size of our spaces, the way we decorate our homes, the amount of natural light coming in, how much access to green space we have and how we can extend these design principles from inside our homes to our neighbourhoods and beyond."

Wiking is research associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, and a member of the policy advisory group for the Global Happiness Policy Report. He is also the author of three globally bestselling books which have sold over 1.75 million copies globally and 39 territories worldwide.

He commented: “We spend more time than anywhere else in our homes — but how they impact how we feel have remained relatively unexplored. But we shape our homes and then they shape us. They impact how we act and how we feel. As a Dane and a happiness researcher I am excited about exploring how to create homes where we not only live — but thrive.”

Robertson added: “Meik’s first book was so successful because it offered a refuge from the outside world and empowered readers to control what they could — their own home. The Hygge Home is crucial because the world is now an even scarier place and we have even less control over what happens outside of our homes, so the urge to nest and control our close environments has never been stronger. We’ve all gotten to know our homes very well over the past six months and many of us are in desperate need of Meik’s advice to make them happier places. This book is for anyone feeling frustrated with the lack of space, light or general feeling of the home in which they’re now spending most of their days."