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Your search for happiness could get a little boost from northern Europe. Already this year, a number of books have been published on the topic of ‘Hygge’ (pronounced 'Hoo-guh'), a concept that has come all the way from Denmark. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well, by Meik Wiking, lifts the lid on the concept. For those still in the dark, think about moments such as replacing those work clothes with super-soft joggers, or turning the big light off, lighting a candle and snuggling up to watch an old movie. It's all about harnessing that feelgood factor, not only through mindset but through our approach to everyday behaviours and rituals, and creating ambience and comfort in our surroundings. Wiking, the CEO of Copenhagen’s Happiness Research Institute, explains: “I think the essence of it is the pursuit of everyday happiness. Trying to build a little pleasure and gratitude into your daily routine. That's my favourite definition of hygge." In the four years that the United Nations’ annual World Happiness Reports have been running, Denmark has famously been ranked number one three times. So why not add this new word to your vocabulary today? Wiking says: “If we have words for something that will also influence the way we behave. If we have a word for it then it's something we pursue on an everyday basis."