The Little Book of Hygge

Meik Wiking |  Nonfiction


This is a fun little book.  Written by a Happiness Researcher, The Little Book of Hygge attempts to explain why Denmark continues to score at or near the top of happiness surveys.  And the answer is a uniquely Danish concept called Hygge.

Hygge is rather difficult to explain, but it is an attitude, a sense of peace, comfort, security, of being with the people we love.

What is easier to explain is what contributes to Hygge; how it comes about; what creates the wonderful feeling of Hygge.  There are a range of things.  The Hygge manifesto consists of turning down the lights and lighting candles, presence, pleasure, gratitude, harmony, equality, comfort, truce, togetherness, and shelter.

And there are many ways to bring about Hygge, such as lighting candles, cooking simple foods together, sweets, a fireplace, wool socks, making a nook in your home for tea and quiet.

You’ll likely gain some new ideas for creating Hygge in YOUR life. Personally, I am intrigued by the idea of a monthly board game night.  And, of course, warm, sweet rolls fresh from the oven.