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The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking (Review)

Title: The Little Book of Hygge
Author: Meik Wiking
Type: Nonfiction
Genre: Self Help, Psychology
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: November 16, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 240
Source: Publisher


A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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.

– My Review –

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If you have been following me for a while, you may have noticed that I really tried to read more nonfiction in 2017! And I did fairly well I think! Out of all of the nonfiction books that I read last year, The Little Book of Hygge really stood out to me.

I really like the exterior design, and even the dimensions of the book are quite unique. It’s smaller than a mass market paperback, but hardcover made out of a sturdy cardboard. The cover design is also very nice, and just soothing to look at, and that combined with the way that it’s embossed into the cover, makes it quite beautiful. The interior is just as nicely done, and of the same higher quality. The paper is thick and glossy, and all of the photos are coloured, and of great quality. There are also infographics, which are a lot of fun to inspect! I love statistics when they’re not school-related, haha.

Even simply reading the book made my life more cozy. It’s not too heavy, it fits very nicely into my little hands (I have tiny hands hahaha), and due to the texture of the binding, I had a fairly good grip on the book the entire time. Once your start taking in the information provided within the book, things get even cozier, or more hygge! I remember the first advice that sank in for me, and it was about burning more candles. I applied that to my life right away, and now burn multiple (un-scented) candles at a time. The effect is quite relaxing! No joke.

The Little Book of Hygge has been on my radar since it was released in November of 2016, and I was very happy to find out that another book would be coming in the series! The Little Book of Lykke was released in September of 2017, and I am extremely pleased that they kept the same size and exterior formatting, as well as keeping the interior at the same level of quality! I also find it interesting that the focus of the new book is finding the world’s most happiest people, while the first book was an exploration of the most happy and coziness-inducing habits and atmospheres. But more on that in my review of The Little Book of Lykke, which is coming soon!

–  The Author –

Meik Wiking is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, research associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, and founding member of the Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies. He and his research have been featured in more than five hundred media outlets, including The Washington Post, BBC, Huffington Post, the Times (London), The Guardian, CBS, Monocle, the Atlantic, and PBS News Hour. He has spoken at TEDx, and his books have been translated into more than fifteen languages. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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15 thoughts on “The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking (Review)

      1. I just finished reading this and I think I must have Danish blood in me since I do a lot of hyggelig things! I loved this book – and it’s so pretty! I hear he has another one coming out, The Little Book of Lykke …. now I can’t wait to check that one out!

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