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The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking (Review)

Title: The Little Book of Lykke
Author: Meik Wiking
Type: Nonfiction
Genre: Self Help, Psychology, Inspirational
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: September 7, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 288
Source: Publisher


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

Lykke (Luu-kah) (n): Happiness

It’s easy to see why Denmark is often called the world’s happiest country. Not only do they have equal parental leave for men and women, free higher education and trains that run on time, but they burn more candles per household than anywhere else.

So nobody knows more about happiness – what the Danes call lykke – than Meik WikingCEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of the bestselling sensation The Little Book of Hygge. But he believes that, whilst we can certainly learn a lot from the Danes about finding fulfilment, the keys to happiness are actually buried all around the globe.

In this captivating book, he takes us on a treasure hunt to unlock the doors to inner fulfilment. From how we spend our precious time, to how we relate to our neighbours and cook dinner, he gathers evidence, stories and tips from the very happiest corners of the planet. This is the ultimate guide to how we can all find a little more lykke in our lives.

– My Review –

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I learned so much from this book! I don’t even know where to begin. Before reading the book, I’d been aware (due to the writing on the cover) that the book would be about the search for the world’s happiest people. So, I knew that there would be information about that search, but I had been worried that it would be less educational than The Little Book of Lykke. But, I’d been so very wrong.

In my review of The Little Book of Hygge, I’d mentioned the many useful infographics that the first book contained. They were all quite educational, and The Little Book of Lykke keeping in the same tradition, had these infographics as well. Since I am the type of person who enjoys information to be paired with visual stimulation (due to being able to retain information much better that way, and also because it makes things more enjoyable), found that the manner in which these little books about happiness and coziness were designed and presented, worked very well with my learning style!

I found The Little Book of Lykke to be very pleasing to the eye as a whole (just like Hygge). The exterior is beautifully-designed, as well as sturdily-made, and the interior is great as well. What I like about both books is that there is not too much text on any one page, that there are many colourful infographics, and that there are also some bigger photos that take up whole pages, or even 2 pages at a time (all of the best quality in regard to sharpness and colour).

I have read a few nonfiction books here and there, but The Little Book of Hygge and The Little Book of Lykke are the only two that I left sticky notes in. And of the two, the second book contains the most sticky notes, because it has a few sections that I would really like to turn back to now and again. As I mentioned in my review for The Little Book of Hygge, I have already used some of the things that I’ve learned from that book, and have found that my life has become more cozy, and I have thereby become more content. There is such great advice within the pages of The Little Book of Lykke, and I cannot wait to apply said advice to my own life. With the new year having just begun, I believe that this is the perfect time to implement such changes, as well!

I don’t re-read books very often (especially nonfiction books), but the little books of coziness and happiness are definitely two books that I will be revisiting. I highly recommend The Little Book of Lykke and The Little Book of Hygge during his “New Year New You” time period at the begging of the year. But I also recommend that people read them year round! After all, there is no such thing as a bad time to make ones life more happy and more cozy.

–  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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