Review: The Little Book of Hygge

Posted 2 June, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

The Little Book of Hygge
By: Meik Wiking
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

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.

Haha, so I caved and bought this book a few months ago when I was at the bookstore. I’ve heard of hygge long before it became this huge thing here in North America, and didn’t think I needed to read a whole book about it, but doesn’t that book cover look so enticing? Plus it had some recipes, so that prompted me to pick it up right away :3

The Little Book of Hygge is very informative about Danish culture and the concept of hygge and how it applies to their everyday lives. From the history of the word itself to statistics on Danish consumption of candles and candies, it was a delightful read; I ended up blitzing through the book in one evening, it was quite a comfy read as it talks about the ways in which they incorporate hygge in their everyday lives. There’s a wee bit of repetition here and there about past information mentioned, but otherwise it was a very informative book that left me inspired to add a bit more hygge in my life 🙂

(Plus, haha, there is a chapter in this book that was very useful as I was planning my trip to Denmark at the time! So you could say this whim purchase was timely 😉 )

Rating: ★★★★★

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6 Responses to “Review: The Little Book of Hygge”

  1. People went crazy for this when it first came out! Are the recipes any good? I might order it at the library if there are lots of tasty things on offer.

    • I haven’t tried any of the recipes–they seem perfect for the winter time by the looks of them–but I’ll let you know when I do get around to it (it has a recipe for making mulled wine. It’s been ages since I’ve had that). But there’s only like, 5 recipes in total included here.

    • I admit, the book cover was part of the reason why I bought it, lol. It’s just so…hygge, lmao. Aww, thanks Melinda, I had a great time! Glad you enjoyed following my adventures on Instagram 😀

  2. I was also of the same opinion of this book – I didn’t think I wanted to read a whole book on the topic but the cover is quite cute, lol. It sounds like I would learn a few good tips from this book anyway!

    • I learned a lot about Danish culture too, which is a plus! Definitely prepped me for visiting the country, lol. And yes, the cover is lovely, haha xD

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