The Little Book of Hygge

Over the holidays I’ve been revisiting some audiobooks that I enjoyed over the past few years. First up was The Little Book of Hygge.

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Little Book of Hygge, written and read by Meik Wiking. 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.

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

There’s a lot I like in the book’s focus on happiness, and there are bits that I think are valuable to incorporate into our lives, but the particularities of life in Denmark don’t fit with my own life. My wife prefers bright white lighting, so much of the lighting chapter is interesting but not something I could apply. I’m vegan, so much of the discussion of foods would need a lot of work to translate. Having homey, cozy experiences is wonderful and something it’s nice to be reminded to put the effort into building. That, as well the the interesting account of Danish culture, makes the book worth reading, but the follow up book with a broader look at happiness is much better.

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