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.
A book about coziness.
This was on my coffee table for a year. That sentence greatly describes my feelings about the book. It was fine to pick up here and there and read about something cozy. And who doesn’t want a good reminder to light a candle? But do you want to light a candle, cuddle up under a blanket or snuggle with your pet over the summer? 103 degree heat. Does that sound good and hygee to you? NO. Therein lies the problem with the book. It’s too long (it’s not long at all so that’s saying something) and it really only works for certain climate situations. Overall it didn’t convince me to live like the Danes.
This book was fine. Not offensive. Not a page turner. This book is a good housewarming gift. Or like a “you’re 35 and having a birthday party, what should I bring?” gift. You’re not missing anything by not reading it. Click on a pinterest picture describing hygee and remind yourself that candles are awesome. Got it? Cool. That’s hygee.
Sit on the couch with your dog.
Light a non scented candle.
Listen to Clair de Lune
Drink a cup of coffee with frothed milk.
Eat a maple scone.