About the book
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.
As you may or may not already know, I love well designed books. This book is one of them. It’s beautifully bounded and is embossed with gold details. Inside, the story is companied by beautiful illustrations and pictures. It couldn’t be more hygge. I’ve been to Scandinavia this year, so I was curious about this little book about why the Danes are so happy.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s an easy read and you’ll finish it within a couple days. Wiking explains why the people in Denmark are so happy and how you can become that happy. He gives tips, do’s and don’ts and adds analytics to proven his story. He also adds some humor to it.
That said, I think it’s an easy book. Very easy. Wiking tells about that candles make people happier. And a nice cup of hot chocolate. I mean, come on. That’s a little bit too easy. What I do find very interesting is that Wiking tells in the book that social contacts are very important for the Danes. Well, my experience is that the Danes aren’t that social at all. They don’t even recognize you exist. The author does admit to that though, he says that it’s ‘very hard to get included into a social group if you are new’.
Other than that, the book taught me something. The moral of this story is that we all should be more thankful of what we have and that we have to enjoy the little things in life that happen on a daily basis. Such as burning a candle, or crawling up under a blanket, watching The Bridge. The Danes are so happy because they enjoy the little things in life. And maybe that’s something that we all should do a little bit more. Maybe we will become happier.
Yes, it’s an easy book, but very enjoyable and actually pretty inspiring as well. Especially if you are done with the literature, thrillers and novels you can’t get through. Read this book and you will feel very hyggelig. At least that’s what I do.
Author: Meike Wiking
Publisher: AW Bruna
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