THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE by Meik Wiking

March 16, 2017

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Danish Secrets to Happy Living

I’m not much for self help type books. But all the other books that I’ve read from Danish authors have been thrillers – Sara Blædel, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Peter Hoeg – so when the publisher sent it to me, I thought it only fair to look at another aspect of life in the happiest country on Earth (according to National Geographic).

This is a short, happy read indeed. It’s also unabashedly full of pride in all things Danish, from the weather (really) to the furniture and accessories. It’s the “untranslatable quality of places, people and togetherness prized by Danes above almost all else.” (The Guardian).

It’s being comfy at home. Candles are a must. So are soft woolen socks (not so much here in South Florida). Furniture you can lounge on with your feet up. A gratitude journal works well here. Oh, and cake is a good thing. All stuff I can get live with – and maybe you can, too.

If the past couple of years have been all about purging your stuff (thanks to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo), then 2017 is all about living cozy and being happy. Much more my speed.

From the publisher:

Embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and become happier with this definitive guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.

Why are Danes the happiest people in the world? The answer, says Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is Hygge. Loosely translated, Hygge—pronounced Hoo-ga—is a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,” Wiking explains. “It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”

Hygge is the sensation you get when you’re cuddled up on a sofa, in cozy socks under a soft throw, during a storm. It’s that feeling when you’re sharing comfort food and easy conversation with loved ones at a candlelit table. It is the warmth of morning light shining just right on a crisp blue-sky day.

The Little Book of Hygge introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish life, and offers advice and ideas on incorporating it into your own life, such as:

  • Get comfy. Take a break.
  • Be here now. Turn off the phones.
  • Turn down the lights. Bring out the candles.
  • Build relationships. Spend time with your tribe.
  • Give yourself a break from the demands of healthy living. Cake is most definitely Hygge.
  • Live life today, like there is no coffee tomorrow.

From picking the right lighting to organizing a Hygge get-together to dressing hygge, Wiking shows you how to experience more joy and contentment the Danish way.

3/17 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE by Meik Wiking. William Morrow (January 17, 2017). ISBN 978-0062658807. 240p.