Well, shoot. I went to the library to pick up two – just TWO – reserved books, and I should have left after that, but noooooo, I just had to browse. Ugh. Don’t I have a reading challenge to complete before the end of October?
Lifestyle books are usually the easiest and quickest to thumb through; The Little Book of Hygge was not one of those books. I swear I got the warmest, fuzziest feelings while reading it. What is this witchcraft?
‘Hygge’ (HOO-gah) originated from the Norwegian word for ‘well-being’. In Denmark, hygge can be anything that evokes feelings of coziness, comfort, and intimacy. It can be a shared coziness, being with loved ones and friends, or a solitary peace spent curled up in bed with a warm drink and a good book. Meik Wiking, the book’s author and the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark explains it best:
Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down. You may be having an endless conversation about the small or big things in life – or just be comfortable in each other’s silent company – or simply just be by yourself enjoying a cup of tea.
One of my favorite things about this book – besides the part about hot beverages and cake – is that it reminds you that hygge isn’t about the things you surround yourself with that make your space hyygeligt (hygge-like). There’s no need to run out and spend a fortune on ‘hygge appropriate’ furnishings, homewares and the like. Hygge can be the feeling of comfort and pleasure you get wearing your warmest (albeit cat hair-covered) sweats and eating fried chicken and watching Stranger Things by yourself or with your loved ones.
There’s loads more to this book than I can drone on about. I came into this book thinking that it wouldn’t tell me anything new (hot cocoa, cozy pjs, mood lighting, got it.) and ended up enjoying it anyway. It’s fluff for the body and soul.