Published by Penguin Life on September 1st 2016
Genres: Non-fiction, Self-help, Psychology
Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge.
'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...'
You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.
Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress.
Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.
If you know me a little bit, you know I’m not big on non-fiction books. I’m also not a fan of self-help books, like not at all. So this book might be a weird book for me to review, or to even pick up. Nonetheless, here it is… a review of a non-fiction self-help book; The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. I’ve got Imogen to blame for this – Imogen is the lovely @Booksundays on Instagram (one of my fave accounts) and she also has a wonderful BookTube channel – she talked about this book on Instagram a couple of times and she also made a video about it, that got me super interested in this book. I decided to get it and just give it a try. Sometimes it’s good to broaden your horizon a little.
The Little Book of Hygge is all about a Danish word called Hygge. It is difficult to explain what exactly is Hygge, even after reading this book. But is basically how the Danish live, the way they take care of themselves, enjoy life in the cosiest way. It’s more like a feeling, a lifestyle. That’s how I would describe it anyways. If you’re Danish and you’re screaming at your computer screen that I got it totally wrong, I apologize…
In most countries there isn’t any word that’s similar to Hygge, in Dutch though – my language – there is a word that comes close: gezellig. I found it funny to read about it in the book, and there were some more things about the Dutch in it. Which made this book a little bit more relatable to me I guess.
Hygge is a feeling, a lifestyle that I would like to have or live myself. And I think in ways I already did and do, even before I knew what Hygge meant. And I think in this time of social media, constantly being online and all the things we HAVE to do Hygge is something that can help you relax and enjoy life a little bit more. Who doesn’t want that? So if you’re stressed, or you just want to relax more and you don’t know how I think this is the book for you!
The book is not just about Hygge and what it means. It’s also about the Danish in general. I found that really interesting. I didn’t know much about the Danish or the country at all. Never visited it, do want to now. So I found it quite nice to learn a bit more about their way of life. Which is in ways the same as in Holland, but in more ways completely different.
I really liked this little book, it’s full of little random facts, stories, statistics and not to forget beautiful photos. I can definitely recommend this. It’s one of those books that you don’t read front to back straight away, but pick up from time to time and read a chapter, or two. At least, that’s how I read it.