Yes, the Happiness Research Institute is a real thing.
While we usually don't like jumping on bandwagons for this one we feel all right with our decision. Since Denmark is often ranked among the happiest nations on Earth the new book, The Little Book of Hygge should not be a source for just another self-help wishful thinking bathroom reading material. The book's author, Meik Wiking is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, research associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, and founding member of the Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies. While that may be a mouthful it is probably safe to say he is an expert on happiness. The book explores ways we can embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) to become happier through adopting the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. One of the central themes of the book deals with how we feel and those feelings have a lot do with comfort and loved ones. It probably won't come as a surprise to know you should turn off your phones and the lights and switch to candles and conversation.
Another one of the book's themes focuses on the simple pleasures of life. The core concept of living simply helps explain the book's length. As organizers we want you to be able to find what you are looking for and a lot of complicated organizing gadgets and systems is usually not the answer. As a dreary winter dredges along bring a little light into your life.