book review; the little book of hygge

The Little Book of Hygge is written by Meik Wiking , a researcher at the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark (what a fantastic job!). His book describes the Danish concept of ‘hygge’. This word does not have a direct English translation, but is described by him as being:

“…about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down…”

Wiking provides an introduction to hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), and makes comparisons to similar concepts in other countries. He expains that hygge shouldn’t be expensive, but should be that special time spent with friends and family, those precious moments you have sitting in front of the fire with your book, or sipping at a cup of coffee and watching the rain hit the windows.

The book spoke to me personally, reminding me it is good to take it slow, relax and savour those precious moments. It reminded me of the benefits of sitting down with a mug of hot chocolate, a book, and a flickering candle to relax and reconnect with myself. I also appreciated the general sentiment of the book being one of making do with what you have, and it not being about going out to ‘buy a look’ and redesign your home.

The physical book itself is a beautiful, neat and warming design. It is well written and flows smoothly, with cosy page spread photos, nice designs, and some good statistics throughout. Just reading the book made me feel like I was having a very hyggelig and relaxing time.

I would definitely  recommend to anyone looking for comfort and cosiness, home design inspiration, or ideas on how to relax and connect with friends, family and yourself.

Let me know if you have read the book, and what your thoughts on it were.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

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