Book Review: The Little Book Of Hygge

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Reading is such a wonderful past time, especially when you have a good book. I picked up this book at Target, but you can purchase it at almost any book store, Anthropologie, or on Amazon. The Little Book of Hygge (pronounced Hoo-Ga) is wonderfully written by Meik Wiking and I must admit, life changing.

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Happiness is searched for by every person. The Danes, however, have it figured out. Wiking writes in his book what hygee is, how it is implemented, along with a few recipes, some DIY’s, and activities. It was the research in this book that I really appreciated. Often books on obtaining happiness have difficult to implement ideas that are unrealistic for the everyday person. This is not true of hygge. Since hygge is a state of mind, rather than an object or anything truly tangible, it is the experiences that you start to focus on. Think candles and a warm pair of cozy socks, relaxing listening to music with your most cherished friends, and drinking a cup of coffee in front of a fire: this is hygge.

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There are so many insights that I gleaned from reading this book. I am a minimalist at heart and firmly believe in wanting ‘better not more’. Hygge aligns really well with that philosophy. This blog is built on the idea of creating and appreciating beautifully-comfortable things; I was hygge before I knew what it was! Anyone can be, experience, and strive for hygge.

“Link purchases with good experiences….. Save for them — but wait until you have that really hyggelig experience: you want to be reminded of it…” Meik Weiking, The Little Book of Hygge 

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By savoring the moment, unplugging, and truly socializing in a no-pressure environment you can find hygge and total comfortable-contentment. I highly suggest The Little Book of Hygee if you are looking for a research-based guidebook on a simple lifestyle. My home will soon become the most hygge place in West Virginia, all I need are some candles and a new reading nook.

“We may find ourselves on a beach in some exotic country and we may find both hygge and happiness on these distant shores. But hygge is about making the most of what we have in abundance: the everyday. Perhaps Benjamin Franklin said it best, ” Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”  —- Meik Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge

What books are you reading? Leave any suggestions in the comments.

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