Book Review of The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge
Goodreads Rating: 3.74
Published: 9/1/2016
Page Count: 356
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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…
3.8Overall Score
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Quick Review

  • Straightforward and easy to understand writing style.
  • This book will give you an in depth view of not just what hygge is, but what it feels like, letting you in on this cultural phenomenon and all the idiosyncrasies that come with it (including language).
  • I felt like parts of the text were very “report like” in nature, as if I were reading a report about hygge with statistics, history, and facts.
  • There are a few recipes included (they are neither vegan nor gluten-free, except the drinks).
  • I read this book very quickly, in about four hours at a comfortable and slow pace (while taking notes).
  • Love that he quoted Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne).
  • Not in alignment with vegan values (see detailed note below for further details).

In Depth Review

I truly feel that this book gave me an understanding of hygge on a cultural level. I felt a real immersion into Danish culture surrounding the concept of hygge and how it is intertwined into their lives. My favorite chapter is “Hygge All Year Round” with ideas to hygge each month throughout the year.

My take aways from this book are:

  • To strengthen your social connections and circle to strengthen your mental health and happiness.
  • Consciously create cozy environments wherever and whenever possible.
  • Always make a point of inclusion and being inclusory.
  • The idea of planning “theme” months with related activities.
  • Always involve ALL of your senses when planning your environment and activities.

In the end I thought that I was going to get more from this book, however I still enjoyed it and as stated above, I found many take-aways that I can apply to my daily life.

If I had to describe this book in two words: short and sweet.

VEGAN NOTE: If you are vegan there are many parts of this book you may find offensive, or at least slightly off putting and not in alignment with your values. The notions in the book do not address animal cruelty in any way and it does promote the eating of a lot of meat, consumption of leather, fur, animal rugs, fleece, and wool. I worry about the wide promotion of these ideas throughout the book without any thought to the affects on animals or the environment.

Book Look

NOTE: I read a hardcover copy of the book that I checked out at my local library (I also own an eBook copy).

  • The book is small and compact, just like the information inside.
  • Has a very nice, very thick and sturdy cardboard cover. Because of the hard cover and compact size, the book will not lie flat on its own since the spine cannot really be “broken”.
  • The pages are a thicker stock with a bit of texture that is easy to grip and are bright white with a soft black font that makes reading easy.
  • The font is rather small and could be difficult to read for those with sight issues.
  • The book is formatted very nicely, with clear and easy to understand: chapter sections (with full-page spread vector art and title), headings, and lists.
  • Very cute, vector-style illustrations (done with limited color) throughout the book adding a very simple and nice touch. There are also colored pages for the chapter title spreads and other special pages.

Favorite Quotes

“The best predictor of whether we are happy or not is our social relationships. It is the clearest and most recurrent pattern.”
Meik Wiking

“Hygge is about giving yourself and others a treat. It is about savoring the moment and the simple pleasures of good food and good company.”
Meik Wiking
“Hygge gives us the language, the objective, and the methods for planning happiness – and for getting a little bit of it every day.”
Meik Wiking

Musical Suggestions

I would suggest enjoying this book along with your favorite coffeeshop music, lo-fi, or your favorite moody instrumental vibe. I enjoyed this book while listening to the playlist “Lo-Fi/Reading Heaven” on Spotify by Abdelilah Lemkaddem.

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