Cozying Up with The Little Book of Hygge [Book Review]
Hi! I hope you all take a few minutes, get cozy, and read on about this wonderful little book that Penguin Books was kind of to send me — The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. First of all, it’s one of the most beautiful books/book covers I’ve ever seen. Maybe I just love Scandi design, but I just think the cover perfectly conveys the feeling you get from hygge.
Coziness. Contentment. Warmth. Soul-soothing.
Beyond the cover, the pages are also filled with beautiful drawings, photos, and icons that you’ll want to cut out and keep on a inspiration board somewhere. They’re just so cozy!
The Happiness Research Institute & Meik Wiking
The author of the The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking, is the Chief Executive of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Yes, Denmark has an entire Institute dedicated to studying happiness. They study the causes and effects of happiness and how to improve the overall quality of life for its citizens. Forget Disney World! This place sounds like the happiest place on earth.
I’ve talked a lot about hygge and what it means here on the blog. I’ve even talked about how it can bring you happiness. But Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge gives you so much information about the history, origin, and implementation of hygge all around the world.
The Little Book of Hygge: Food & Drink
The Little Book of Hygge is filled with practical tips on how to incorporate hygge into your home and life. Chapter 4 talks all about Food & Drinks — my favorite! Although the Danes aren’t exactly known for healthy eating, Meik talks about how they do rely on slow cooking, baking, and hot drinks for hygge-inspriation.
Meek writes, “preparing hygge food is about enjoying the slow process of it, about the appreciation of the time you spend and the joy of preparing something of value. It is about your relationship with the meal. That is why home-made jams are more [hygge] than bought ones. Every bite will take you back to that summer day when you picked the fruit and the entire house smelled of strawberries.“
Sounds an awful lot like initiative eating & cooking to me! Intuitive eating teaches us to take the time to appreciate and recognize what went into our food, its preparation, and its tastes/aromas. Although the Danes usually associate hygge + food with pastries, sweets, candy, and fatty meats, I think they have the right idea about how food should be prepared and enjoyed. With care, love, attention, and detail. We also don’t overindulge when we take the time to truly appreciate and enjoy what we’re eating.
A Wonderful Holiday Gift
The Little Book of Hygge would also make a great holiday gift for someone in your life. This book would be a great present for someone who:
- Could use a hug of the soul
- Loves design and beautiful things
- Needs to slow down
- Enjoys reading about other cultures & ideas
- Wants to learn more about hygge and how it can make you happier.
The Little Book of Hygge was released in Europe earlier this year. Good news! The book is also being released in the U.S. on January 17, 2017! Also, by pre-ordering it on Amazon, you can get it on/by the release date.
Here’s how to order:
I hope you, too, enjoy this book if you order it! You won’t be disappointed. It would also make for a great conversation starter & coffee table display book!
This is not a sponsored post. I simply received the book to review. Also, I am an Amazon affiliate, but that is where I order all of my books anyway : )
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