The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
Best for: People looking for a little break, or need to be reminded that it’s okay to take one.
In a nutshell: The head of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen offers some ideas for how to enjoy some quiet time.
Line that sticks with me: “Basically, you want to think: How would a Viking squirrel furnish a living room?” (p 123)
Why I chose it: Honestly, the book’s cover is adorable.
Review: This is a surprisingly thick book looking at ways to incorporate the Danish concept of Hygge into life. After reading the book — which I definitely enjoyed — I think that the main idea is that we should seek to build more cosiness into our lives. Given that I live in Seattle, this is an infinitely appealing idea to me. I love curling up with a book. I love candles. I love being cozy.
I’m not entirely sure if the book is necessary; do we need 280 pages to tell us that it feels good to snuggle up under a blanket with a cup of tea or cocoa in hand? Or to tell us that it’s nice to have better, softer lighting? Or that connecting on a personal level with our close friends and family is good? No. But it’s nice to be reminded of it, and the illustrations and photos are stunning.
But seriously, the lighting ideas are fantastic. Also, I think I want to move to Copenhagen now.