The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

Meik Wiking
May 31, 2019
★★★★★ (+33.33%) 🛈

I got this book as a speaker gift from a Danish conference. It was…lovely. And cute. And fun.

This is not a deep book. It explores the idea of “hygge” (pronounced “hoo-gah”), the Danish concept of coziness. It deconstructs it into it’s parts – what does it smell like, taste feel, feel like, etc? Are are the different constituent parts that come together to create this feeling.

It’s an eclectic book. There are some recipes, a hygge tour of Copenhagen, and some semi-serious research into the concept of happiness (the book is published by The Happiness Research Institute, given that Denmark is commonly referred to as “the happiest country in the world”).

It’s a quick book. The page count is a bit high, but the pages are small (it’s a small, square-ish book), and there are lots of photographs, dozens of which are two-page spreads.

The book is…cute. And reading it felt hygge, it really did. The book is cozy, in an of itself, apart from the topic it’s discussing. It’s super meta that way.

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