This book has been on my radar for so long, and now that Wiking has brought out a second book, it was about time I got round to reading it. But hey, it just meant I had two of his books to binge, right? *shrugs*
Let’s dive right in!
(Found on Goodreads)
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.
*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book! This in no way affects my opinion.
This book is like a hug, basically. The second you open it’s pages, you can’t help but feel warm, safe, and appreciative of every little thing. Which is the whole idea, so…good going!
Straight off the bat I couldn’t help appreciating how beautifully made the book is. Every page has some sort of design element to it, whether it be photographs, small drawings, or charts to back up the statistics mentioned. It’s just a nice little book to flick through, whether you’re settling down for a long read or just want to quickly reread your fave chapter. It’d definitely be a lovely gift for someone too!
Not for one moment was I bored by this book. I absolutely sped through it, devouring every new page as I turned them. Which was quite conflicting, considering I wanted to savour every page too. It’s just full of so many different things – facts (not the boring type), small anecdotes, pop culture references, language comparisons, recipes, you name it. It jumps from one thing to another, while still remaining relevant, instead just allowing you to comprehend what hygge means.
I especially loved all the comparisons between different cultures. Whether it was through those language comparisons, or through statistics about particular topics, I found it fascinating to see the differences in people’s everyday lives. How people balance work with their social life, how their homes are decorated, even down to what they eat…all of these things (and more) are discussed and compared throughout, and it really helps to compare the concept of hygge to your life, no matter where you’re from.
This book is dubbed as a “self-help” book, but to me it didn’t feel that way at all. Sure, it shows you ways you can possibly feel better in day-to-day life, but it’s already relatable and just made me feel comfortable, rather than searching for “help”. In fact, I’d just call this book a huge collective appreciation, something that I and no doubt so many others will come back to many a time.
Rated 5/5 stars!
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