I was really curious to know more about hygge that I decided to read “The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well” written by Meik Wiking.
First of all, what is hygge? It isnìt easy to translate it but one of my favorite definitions is “the art of creating intimacy”. However, you really know hygge when you feel it.
Danes are considered the happiest people in the world and hygge seems to be their secret ingredient for a fulfilled life.
The book is an easy reading and there are some beautiful pictures, I just want to talk about a few ideas in this review that might grab your attention.
Denmark, like the other Scandinavian countries, does not enjoy warm weather, summer is short and in winter is dark and freezing cold. This is why Danes use to spend a lot of time at home. Consequentially their house has to be cozy. Imagine being in your hyggekrog ( a cozy nook ) in winter reading a book possibly near the fire, under a warm blanket, and drinking hot coffee or tea, do you understand more what hygge is now?
Then imagine inviting a few friends at home for dinner at the weekend, just the more intimate three or four. Don’t worry if you are not good in the kitchen, hygge means to stay together and cook all together the meal. I know it might seem simple but this is the whole point, hygge is simplicity!
Why do you want to buy all that furniture to decorate your house? Do it yourself, it will be unique. And why do you drive to work if you have the possibility to go there by bike? Choose the bike, it is not just healthier, research showed that people that commute every day by bike are happier even if it takes more time.
Remember that you can enjoy hygge all the year, even if winter is the favorite season of Danes especially Christmas time.
Personally I found this book inspirational, there are plenty of ideas. I am not surprised to know that Danes are considered the happiest nation in the world 🙂