The little book of hygge – a definition and review

The Danish are one of the happiest nations in the world according to the 2016 World Happiness Report (yes that’s a thing). This book explores a concept called hygge (pronounces hue-gah) and explains that it is a key element to the contentment of the Danish.

As there is no direct translation to English of the word itself, let me try to explain it.. overall it is a feeling or mood that is a product of taking pleasure and making everyday moments, more beautiful, intimate and kind of cosy.

This 287 page book explains in depth various things you can do, cook, or have around you to instil this feeling. That sounds like a lot of pages, but it is a great read as well as having some simple recipes, cool infographics and beautiful photography scattered through it. I have been taking it on my commute and I enjoyed it so much it only took me 4 days to read.

The concept of hygge is inspiring to me and made me register what elements have made up some of the happiest times of my life. It reminds you that togetherness, sharing, fun and being warm and comfy are really important. It’s not about spending hundreds of pounds in ikea, or building a log cabin in your garden, it can be as simple as lighting a couple of candles and snuggling under a blanket.

Far from being an airy fairy concept book, there are quite a few stats adding substance to the words. Meik talks a lot about candles being super hygge, reinforced by a statistic from the European Candle Association that Dane’s burn on average 6kg of candle wax per person, their nearest competitor being Austria at a mere 3.16kh. 😮

I loved learning about all the elements of hygge from this easy to read book, and can understand why it is a Times Top Ten Bestseller. There are a lot of little things that I’ll be taking away to use in life and know it will impact on my sense of wellbeing!

The book is listed on Amazon and at the moment you can get the hardcover for just £5 here . Enjoy!



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