Happiness. That word brings forth millions upon millions of thoughts within seconds. When you ask people what the meaning of life may be to them, many say happiness. If you ask them for their personal goals, they say happiness. Everyone, to some degree, is pointing towards happiness. With that being said, every year, numerous reports deliver research on the happiest countries in the world. Each and every year, the Danes end up taking the cake. (If you read this book, you will get the pun).
The Little Book of Hygge is quite the fascinating book as it offers great insight into the cultural belief system of the Danish people. At first, I was a bit skeptical about the idea that happiness could be taught or anything of that nature. After reading the first two chapters, I realized that this book is NOT about teaching you anything about happiness. Ultimately, happiness is not something you can find if you are seeking it; it is felt from within. In that, I learned an immense amount of information about how different Danish people live their lives in comparison to other cultures. For example, Danish people are dedicated to a proper work-life balance in an effort to maintain social relationships with the people that mean the most to them. It is not happiness that they are searching for or attaining–they are genuinely living the life experience in the simplest forms.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the personality of Meik Wiking, the author. The writing feels very similar to that of a blogger or magazine writer and keeps the reader fully entertained. With his personal stories and witty humor, I now understand on a deeper level what Hygge actually is. Hygge is a way of life, a way of being.
I truly believe that anyone who is seeking to expand their understanding of the Danish culture and begin to invoke some of the most unique ways of simple living should read this book. At the core of Hygge there is a strong emphasis on present-moment living; a level of deep understanding and awareness of life. Hygge is about returning back to the place of simple living. I also believe that reading such a book will help people comprehend a form of happiness that is far different from the often socialized version.
Overall, this is a fun and quick read for those seeking to expand their awareness and return to the roots of simplicity. There is a reason why Danish people are considered the happiest in the world even though their weather is seemingly dark for the majority of the 12-month period. I do believe there could have been more detail about the concept of Hygge. While clear and concise, it does feel as if one could make this entire book into a simple magazine feature.
With a BA in History, Economics and Spanish, Richard is an avid writer and a passionate reader. With a love for all genres of books, Richard appreciates the art of writing and the love an author puts into a project. Richard began to expand his craft upon partnering with numerous companies across the globe. Currently, Richard is preparing to launch a co-creation project all about living your best life and in the process of writing a series of books.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.