The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking has become increasingly popular as of late. I must confess that I am late to the bandwagon of consciously practicing hygge but was pleased to learn that it’s my unconscious go-to. To read about the culture and science behind it was fascinating!
The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking Contents
Meik Wiking, whose profession it is to study happiness and wellbeing, noted that Denmark is among the happiest of countries in Europe. He discusses the logistics of this, including a great welfare state, understanding work hours and culture. He explains and advises on wellbeing and hygge throughout ‘The Little Book of Hygge’. The topics include but are not limited to: socialising, home decor, food, drink and lifestyle.
The Little Book of Hygge itself is cosy and thoroughly warming to read. Whilst it is better suited for coffee table pick ups, I read it in one go to get a proper grip on hygge. Meik is informative and just descriptive enough without overloading the facts and figures. He doesn’t just discuss concepts and tradition but advises you on how to achieve similar circumstances and wellbeing. It is soothing and insightful!
Whilst there has been negative feedback on hygge and it being lazy (looking at you Time Out!), this is misunderstood. The largest part of hygge is not candles, fluffy socks and introversion but is socialising with friends and family.
It is feeling safe, warm and happy. It is indulgence and balance, slow but fulfilled, a mindset that Londoners could honestly learn a lot from!
The photos are beautiful and plentiful. There are small pictures alongside text and double page photographs of the most cosy landscapes and settings! I feel inspired to make more time for what matters thanks to The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking!
I rated the book 5 stars on Goodreads and recommend it to every city dweller.