Saturday, 6 March 2021
Book Review - The Little Book of Hygge - Finding Happiness
The little book of happiness.....Denmark, often known as the happiest place on earth is down to 'Hygge' pronounced as 'Hooga' . Hygge cannot be described as a single emotion but about an atmosphere and experience. Hygge has been called everything from 'the art of creating intimacy' to 'taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things' . It is about the feeling of home, a feeling of being safe and shielded from the world. This beautiful little book was written by Meik Wiking and who better to guide us through all things 'Higge'. Meik is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the 'magic' of Danish life.
I cherish this little book and never tire of looking through it. It's captivating and a truly positive read. There is nothing more homely than snuggling down on the sofa, with a glass of wine and indulging through these delightful pages. The Little Book of Hygge
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A colleague and good friend of mine, loves all things mindful and positive. He would often bring to work his books and ideas on how to live a stress free life. I am sure this is why we became friends. I am a book reader myself, in preference to trawling my way through the internet or listening to audio books. There is nothing I like more than an afternoon browsing through old book stores. This little book really drew my attention just by looking at it. The artwork and design of the cover looks happy in itself and conjures up a sense of calm and tranquillity. The transfusion of colours, shapes and simple text was enough to make me pick up the book and skim through the pages. The shapes and pictures on the cover are actually symbols of the Hygge manifesto:
From the first few pages I was hooked and tried to limit my time reading through this little guide. It is the type of book that warrants good lighting, a relaxing atmosphere and time on your hands to enjoy.
Whilst all of this sounds delightful and quite tasty, there is a downside to 'Hygge'. The Danes are very sociable but prefer smaller groups of friends for 'hyggeligt' time. Almost 60% of Danes say the best number of people for 'Hygge' is three to four. Danes are not good at inviting new people to their friendship circles. It would be considered less 'hyggeligt' if there were too many new people at an event. Getting into a social circle requires a lot of effort and loneliness along the way. It can be close to impossible to penetrate the social circles, maybe years of hard work and persistence. But 'Once you are in - you are in' and will form a lifelong circle of 'hyggeligt' friends.
The book itself is beautifully illustrated throughout. Practically every page has photos, symbols, graphs or drawings. This adds to the content making it colourful and pleasurable to read. The quality of the book is sumptuous, making it an experience to just browse through the pages. There is so much information and guidelines to help you achieve 'Hygge' in your own home as well as with your family and friends. There is a feeling of happiness and gratitude in this way of life, perhaps helping the reader to understand that the simpler things in life mean more than the materialistic possessions we seem to crave.
I often sit of a nighttime with this little book, a glass of wine and wrapped in a fleece blanket. Getting cosy and feeling relaxed adds a little genuineness and appreciation to this read. You can buy the Little Book of Hygge here
Does Hygge sound like a perfect lifestyle to you? Let me know in the comments below your thoughts?
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