The Little Book of Hygge

A Book Review

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In a former life, I loved reading. It was a release for me, like it is for most people. As a teenager, though, I had an experience that forced reading from my regular routine. The only books I read from there were for my high school or university courses, while intriguing, definitely not as pleasurable as other books.

Time for a Change

This last winter, I decided that in order to be a better example for my kids I needed to read more physical books and back away from my phone use. This is definitely a work in progress, but we all need to start somewhere!

I made a conservative goal to read 6 books this calendar year. That gives me about 2 months to finish one book, which I felt was doable with my current workload of 3 tiny kids. If I get more than that, I’ll celebrate! And I knew exactly which The Little Book of Hygge is very well organized and written by Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute. Did you know that was a thing? I had no idea!! Reading this book opened my eyes to a whole new culture – Danish culture. According to Mr. Wiking, Denmark is ranked among the happiest nations in the world, very regularly. Much of this comes down to hygge.

Hygge is cozy. Hygge is comfortable. Hygge is indulgent. Hygge is spending time with people you care about and making memories.

There are a lot of this new lifestyle that I am anxious to include in my family’s routine. I am an anxious person by nature (see the title of this blog…) and reading this book made me realize that life doesn’t have to be this way. I don’t have to fret over every little thing like I do. I can attain happiness by slowing down and enjoying my life and my children.

Action Items

So reading the book was great and all, but what are you going to do about it? Well, I’ll tell you!

  • Read a book he recommended, The Danish Way of Parenting
  • Make more comfort food more often
  • Indulge in the treats I tell myself I can’t have
  • Make room for hygge in our home we’re building
  • Try the recipes he included in the book

I would highly recommend that you give this book a shot. I really enjoyed learning about Danish culture and what makes them the happiest nation in the world. I hope you like it!

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