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The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection - Book Review

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by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo (subscribe)
Studied Political Science at Duquesne University. Highest Honors Graduate in Fitness and Nutrition from Stratford Career Institute. Her passion is fitness and nutrition. She is obsessed with educating herself about the subject of hygge.
Published October 16th 2020
In Summary
In The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort and Connection by Louisa Thomsen Brits, hygge is stated as a quality of presence and an experience of belonging and togetherness. It is a feeling of being warm, safe, comforted and sheltered.


At the most, hygge is a willingness to set aside for simply being with people and ideally having all the time in the world for them. It is showing how much we care. It is spontaneity as a way to accept our differences and take part in an atmosphere of tolerance and peace.

We shelter each other when we invite people into our homes, when we give time, listen good or provide a bed for the night or privacy.

To comfort one another, we share gestures and recipes for happiness associated with home as simple as putting a blanket on someone or preparing some homemade chicken noodle soup. Expressing love by doing small things is part of the vocabulary of hygge. It is the spirit in which we give and receive.

Hygge is a devotion to making life wonderful. Hygge is more aligned to sensual pleasure and joy. Danes are always ready to laugh and find a way to celebrate.

Hygge is as simple as a candle. Hygge is found in quiet generosity, not grand gestures. There are minor and hidden things that contribute to a hyggeligt life that we only notice in their absence. For example, fresh bed linen, a box of candles, a photo or your favorite food.

Hygge is with us in our kitchen when we weigh out our coffee and choose our favorite mug. Bathing is often the only time when we feel wholly naked and alone. We celebrate a private and ancient ritual.

In Opinion

I found Brit's book to be easy to read. Her examples were practical. These days, I have personally found that people use dollar store LED candles for hygge as opposed to regular candles. I prefer this method as there are no chances of starting a fire. The book explains just how happy the Dane's are. Brit's book is a wonderful example of how we could live without even spending a penny. I suggest this book for anyone who feels depressed, suffers the winter blues or suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I give Brit's book a 5-star rating.
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