The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
Published September 1st 2016
by Penguin Life
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.
The cover itself looks creative and peaceful. It is blue and white with doodles and gives little sneak pick of the book.
Hygge: pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ meaning the quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.
However, you can’t really translate hygge with exact meaning. As the writer said you can give nearby words, cozy, comfort, belongingness but hygge is way beyond the words, the writer says – To paraphrase one of the greatest philosophers of our time-Winnie-the-Pooh-when asked how to spell a certain emotion, “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”
The book is written by Meik Wiking, who is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute,
He talks about hygging. How you can create that particular ambience, What it means and How you feel it. I am hygging from last few years. Honestly, I didn’t know what I’m doing but it felt right. It felt like taking care of myself and taming my thoughts.
Hugging is what I do to ground myself after a bad day. A Hot cup of tea, a very good book, watching the sunset from my balcony or just sharing my thoughts about the day with my friends & family
Hygge is connecting to comfort, to ambience around you. It helps you to slow down. If your mind is cloudy, heavy, your life seems a little bit fast or just gloomy, then you should include this book in your weekend reads. It’s about welfare, gratitude and enjoying your time mindfully.
The book is the good side of my world in a bell jar. It tells you how can find comfort even outside of your home. which as an introvert very useful for me.
Someone said it’s a cute little book and they are not wrong. Yet it has so many extra information and becomes quite repetitive after a few pages. However, I didn’t seem to mind because of two things. First, It has delicious looking recipes to try. (if I find a vegetarian alternative) and second, It has doodles and photographs.
Photographs give insight into the Danish culture and how they like to hygging with their family and how nonliving thing, some cosy arrangements, can make you feel good. I am not talking about being materialistic here but it is us who creates chaos and order in our life by our little choices.
Hygge is definitely tea time read, besides your fireplace or inside your blanket. I assure you you’ll connect to the book more because right there you are feeling the word. Hygge
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- What you think is hygge for you?
- What brings you comfort and mindfulness?
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