The Little Book of Hygge, the Danish Way to Live Well, by Meik Wiking. Meik is the CEO of Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. Denmark often tops the lists of the happiest country in the world and Meik argues that this is down to hygge.
What is Hygge?
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.
Meik Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge
I really enjoyed reading The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well (Penguin Life). The themed chapters cover everything from clothing to Christmas, light and love, food and friends. In each chapter there is a great mixture of interesting statistics and suggestions for bringing hygge into your life. There are also lovely photos throughout the book that make you smile, feel a little cosier and a little happier.
I learnt that hygge is more than candles and blankets, it is about being in the present moment, it is feeling secure and grateful. It is both being on your own and being social and making memories with other people.
I especially liked the hygge manifesto which is a handy infographic of the ten things that you need to get your hygge on. This book is great if you are interested in hygge, intrigued as to why the Danish are so happy and want some tips on bringing more hygge into your life and home.
Before reading this book I had heard of hygge. But I thought that it was about lighting candles and relaxing in cosy rooms! This is something I have always found relaxing. I often have candles lit at home and love to curl up on the sofa and relax. I have previously written about how self care is sometimes shutting the world out and resting which epitomises hygge. But after reading this book I want to incorporate more hygge into my life. I have started a pinterest board full of hygge inspiration. I pledge to be in the present moment more, I will buy fresh flowers and a house plant, I will turn off the tv and play board games, I will start some traditions with my friends and family.
Had you heard of hygge? Have you read this book?
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