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.
One of my most anticipated reads for this month and…. I can´t really say I was disappointed. I found this read to be gripping.
Interesting enough- This book on how the Danish live well was categorized on Goodreads under Self – Help and psychology, yet this book didn´t feel like that at all.
It felt more like a little guide of Denmark, or a guide on how the Danish live.
Which is perfectly fine by me. I love to learn about different cultures and get to know what exactly it is that makes them who they are.
The word that´s focused on here is Hygge. The definition of Hygge is: There isn´t one.Hygge is a word that describes the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
Good company, family, food and… candles.
Looks like the Danish are obsessed with light. There was no shortage on the mention of candles in this read. Looks like candles are the way to live a cozy life.
Too bad I think candles are dust collectors. I prefer my cozy moments with floodlights ( because I´m as blind as a bat )
Besides the candle parts ( which are almost always mentioned ) I do love the Danish lifestyle.
Just shows that life isn´t always about work and work and.. work.
Life is about taking a step back and appreciating your surroundings. Just ask the Danish people. They obviously have it all worked out. They know how to be content.
As much as I loved this book I did find a few things that would never work out for me, personally. The 10 inexpensive Hygge Activities, for example:
- Bring out the board games. I´m a bad loser. It´s been said that I´ve thrown a board game off a table once because I can´t stand losing. ( that´s only half true. I walk away when I´m losing . And that one time when the golf driver slipped out of my sweaty hands and flew towards my husband… An accident. ) I´m competetive and can´t lose. Board games are not an option.
- TV Night. I used to love TV nights with friends. Now I have friends who go to bed early ( even on the weekends ).
- Make a fire. Not a bad idea if someone would mow the lawn beforehand.
- Swap Party. NO. No no no. People never want to swap good stuff. That idea just doesn´t work for me at all. I really don´t want my best friend´s self made robot.
- Sledding. Another nice idea if there was something to sled on. Like snow. Or a sled. I don´t even have a sled ( because we hardly ever get snow ). I thought this was supposed to be an inexpensive Hygge activity. To sled I´d have to buy one and book a vacation to somewhere where it snows. Too expensive for me.
So, as you can see… I´ll have a hard time doing typical Danish activities.
That part about spending time with friends and family… Listen, I love my friends ( and some of my family ) but I don´t want to see them all the time. Some of them are exhausting AF. They all can destroy my Hygge vibes. Lol.
What I did approve of were the stuff I already include into my daily life.
- read ( I had to laugh at that one )
- enjoy a hot beverage and have ceramic ( this one got another laugh )
- food ( because food is AWESOME )
- going slow ( because you miss out on so much when moving too fast )
- Wool sweaters and socks ( And I have the ugliest wool wardrobe, EVER!)
All in all I really liked this book. Enough to want to go visit Denmark in the near future.
It´s been mentioned many times before – The Danish people are the happiest in the world. I can believe that after reading this book.
Would I recommend this book? Definitely. It´s a nice book that gives you LOTS of insight on how simple it can be to be happy and feel content with the little things in life. Also, this book gives a taste on what Denmark is about.
Would I re – read this book? Sure. It´s definitely something I´ll take a look at once in a while.
The Cover – 5 Stars ( The cover was the first thing I fell in love with. )
The Idea – 5 stars ( Great idea to introduce the perks of Denmark and the people who live there. )
The Writing – 5 stars ( Written by CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Meik Wiking. His study sounds like a lot of fun. His writing has an easy-going, joyous touch.)
My emotional state after finishing this read – On my way to join the Hygge movement.