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The Secret Joy of Hygge: A Practical Guide to Cultivating Happiness in the Everyday - 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
No more winter blues
In The Secret Joy of Hygge: A Practical Guide to Cultivating Happiness in the Everyday, by Alexandra Amarotico, hygge may be explained as an all-encompassing way to describe the simple things in your life that bring you comfort, warmth and joy. Take notice of the small details that bring you joy and repeat them, whether sipping hot chocolate under a blanket, playing board games or hosting a dinner.

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In Summary

Self

Spend a Sunday evening at home with no agenda other than to rest, pour yourself a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Have a "date" with yourself. Prepare and eat some delicious food.

Home

Candles are especially hygge. Just do not forget to blow them out! Consider draping Christmas tree lights around window frames, mirrors, etc.

Go through your home and take inventory. Do you have twice of everything? Doesn't fit? No use? Then, donate, keep, store, throw away.

Family and community

Especially with the Coronavirus, spending time with others does not always mean to be in person. Sometimes you can just pick up the phone and reach out.

Work

Make your workspace feel more like home. Do something to brighten things up. You could maybe have a flower, a bowl of goodies or candy, where others can stop to see you while grabbing a handful. Have a special coffee mug.

In Opinion

Amarotico's book was easy to follow. Personally, I am intrigued by the topic of hygge. I think with the winter season coming up in parts of the world, this book may help cope. With the coronavirus and the winter season, staying indoors can take its toll. Work, family, community, home and self are all covered in this book. If a person has Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or just gets the winter blues slightly, I would definitely suggest they buy this book. I give Amarotico's book a 5-star rating.
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