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The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living - 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 24th 2020
The Danish secrets of Hygge brought to light



In The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, how does the author, Meik Wiking, describe hygge in one sentence? The author states that hygge is the sensation of being curled up in a blanket on a sofa during a storm. Wiking introduces readers to the Danish life of more contentment and joy.

In Summary

Togetherness
Time spent with others creates an atmosphere that is warm, friendly, down-to-earth, close, comfortable and snug. It is like a hug without touching. You can be completely yourself.

Food and drink
Preparing hygge food is about the slow process - appreciating the joy of preparing something of value. Further in the chapter are recipes.

Clothing
Danes, in general, like a casual atmosphere and casual dress code.

Home
Danes love their comfy space. A place in the home set aside just for them, to curl up with a blanket and a cup of tea. Then, maybe some candles, things made out of wood, books, ceramics, vintage and blankets.

Outside the home
Take coffee and cake to the office. Also, maybe organise a potluck, an office garden or bring your dog to work. Attempt to make the office homier.

On the cheap
Get out some board games, have a pantry party and cook together or have a swap party,

Christmas
The Christmas menu is mostly meat, either roast pork or duck, cabbage, sausage and various types of bread. Then, there are the decorations.

Summer
Spend the day in an orchard picking fruit. Throw a BBQ or help build a community garden.

Happiness
Universal and free healthcare, free university education, generous unemployment benefits go a long way towards reducing unhappiness.

Hygge is about feeling safe. Hygge is an indication that you trust the ones you are with and where you are. You do not spell love; you feel it.

In Opinion

Wiking's book was easy to follow, especially as the letters are big. I especially liked the reference he makes to Winnie the Pooh and hygge. I think having a pantry party is a very good tip. The total chapter on happiness is superb. I would suggest this book to anyone.

I give this book a 5-star rating.
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