[Book Review]: The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking.

More or less everyone active on social media, particularly sites which encourage us to live aesthetically pleasing lives, are familiar with ‘The Little Book of Hygge’. Aside from is compelling cover it discusses at topic which most of us outside of Denmark are uneducated in; so much so that ‘The Happiness Research Institute’, based in Copenhagen have been able to present us with this insightful text.

The definition of Hygge is not effortless to state, hence why an entire book as such as this has been dedicated to teaching the unaware. The origin of the word Hygge derives from Dutch and has ties with Norwegian due to Denmark and Norway formally being a merged nation; infact the history behind the word links to numerous languages including Latin. Simply to say it is close to the meanings of ‘well-being’, ‘cosiness’ and ‘togetherness’: Hygge is all these aspects simultaneously and much more.

Overall the book details how physical features and acts in our surroundings contribute to positive emotions which aid the secretion of serotonin and just general pleasant, relaxed, stress free thoughts. After all Denmark, among Northern European countries, have the one highest rates of happy citizens – clearly this is no coincidence in consideration of all things Hygge.

All around the world there are elements of Hygge: the ways in which we interpret this can vary accordingly to environment and upbringing. However, Danes thrive on Hygge living; they don’t necessarily need to be in a ‘chilled out’ state in order to talk about what is to them regarded as a culture rather than simply a trendy lifestyle. Hygee in Denmark is is verb as well as an adjective. It is suggested that Denmark more than any other location uphold a Hygge lifestyle as their climate, for the majority of seasons, provide short hours of daylight in addition to more than one hundred days of rainfall per annum.

If you seek to adopt a Hygge way of life it’s best to have first-hand experience of reading a book like the one mentioned. For review purposes I will condensed selected information for guidance in order to incorporate such a warming, heartfelt sense into your life.

Lighting.

Despite having access to electricity, Denmark use more candles in the world than any other country: almost thrice as much as the runner’s up, Austria. Dimmed, not striking lighting provided by candlelight creates an ambiance that promotes relaxation without being in an absolute state of tiredness.

Strategy.

Without mention the demand of aroma candles has exceeded since the term ‘Hygge’ was formed. Although, the Danes stick to traditional, basic or organic non-scented candles placing them statically: i.e. spread apart among several rooms ensuring that light isn’t concentrated into one area. If lamps are to be used, yellow tinged bulbs and other forms/accessories which allow ‘low’ lighting are considered as essential as apposed to something optional.

Equality

As much as it is important to celebrate an individual’s personal achievements, Hygge is generally achieved through togetherness; thus putting ‘we’ as priority over ‘I’ is key. Reminiscing over past times and planning social events whilst in another social moment helps with Hygge and assures that everyone is accounted for.

Throughout the book countless materialistic contributions to Hygge are suggested in addition to the emphasis on daily tasks having an impact on whether or not other countries can take on such a culture. Quite often sentences can be somewhat repetitive, but I suppose as an introduction to something which could be an entirely new topic to a reader, patterns in writing would be the best way to embed information into memory. I can only hope to write and publish such a text which could have a positive impact on at least one audience member’s life and outlook…someday.

In conclusion I think many people could benefit from grasping the words expressed onto the pages. Most of us live in a society where pop culture and economy play a detrimental role in our lives; so it’s nice to strip back to simplicity through Hygee and all associated with it particularly if doing so can have a positive impact on an individual’s mental health.

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  1. Birdy says:

    I LOVE THIS BOOK WITH MY WHOLE HEART. it honestly grounds me more than i can ever express. πŸ’™πŸ’™

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    1. The book exceeded my expectations and I hope the second one of the series (if it can be considered as a series) is just as pleasing πŸ™

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  2. I have The Little Book Of Hygge too – I love it! Haven’t read it cover to cover yet but it’s the perfect coffee table book to pick up and read a chapter here or there πŸ™‚ xo

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    1. So true! I have the other one too but not sure if it continues from the first. X

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