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.
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.
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
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.