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Book Review – The Little Book of Hygge

June 26, 2017
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The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

This book is a gorgeous introduction to the concept of Hygge.  It has a hard back cover (also available on Kindle, Audio and Audible) which has lovely Gold gilding.  Throughout the book are inspirational photographs and illustrations.  It really is a pleasure to hold and read this book feels like indulgence.  The little book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

What is Hygge?

According to Wikipedia, Hygge is: Hygge (pronounced HUE-gə or HOO-gə) is a Danish and Norwegian word which can be described as a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).  Meik Wiking in this book goes a bit further to say: Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things.  It is about being with the people we love.  A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down. 

After reading this book if I was to describe Hygge, I would say its when your surroundings and experiences are making you feel safe and cosy, and you generally feel happy and content.  Taking pleasures in the simple things in life.

Who is Meik Wiking?

Meik Wiking works at the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark.  He studies what makes people happy.  This is an apt location for such an institute as Denmark is one (or possibly ‘the’) happiest countries in the World.

The Book

The book is broken down into easily read chapters talking about a huge range of topics related to Hygge.  These range from Lighting to Food, from Clothing to Christmas.  The book refers to Meik’s personal experiences of Hygge, such as trips with his friends and family, but also discusses facts and figures about Denmark, and why the population are so happy.  He also gives tips on how people in other countries can create Hygge in their lives.  Many of these centre around creating time to really enjoy the company of your friends and family.  To enjoy lovely food and pay attention to making your home as cosy as possible – candles are a must!  But it is also about keeping things simple.  Enjoying a hot chocolate with a blanket in candlelight, movie nights, having relaxing spaces in the office to work rather than at your desk constantly.  There are wonderful photos of Copenhagen.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed reading this book for a few reasons.  The first was its such a pleasure to read.  It is educational but also a luxury in itself with its photography and quirky little illustrations.  It is actally relaxing to just sit and enjoy it.  I also liked it because a lot of discussion is based around simplifying life and enjoying the moments with family and friends.  If you are interested to learn more about Hygge and how you can introduce it more in your life I’d definitely recommend it.  You can buy it from Amazon using this link. 

Other books about Hygge:

Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg

The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection by  Louisa Thomsen Brits

Hygge: Introduction to The Danish Art of Cozy Living (Hygge Series) (Volume 1) by Amy White and Ryan James

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