I finally purchased this amazing The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living! Of course, I missed everything, it became a bestseller two years ago but I dived into my motherhood so deeply that I missed everything including this amazing book I am reading now. So, hyggie book … what this book is about? Candles, lighting and knitted socks with reindeer? Is this a comprehensive receipt for a happiness? Some of my friends think this book is shallow, like, come on, we are not Danish and our life is hard and hectic, nor reindeer neither homemade bread will make our life easier.
And here I have to disagree. I don’t think that the aim of this book is to find a perfect way of life. I believe that the purpose of this book is to show and to teach how to organize a safe place, a comfort zone and a relax moments in everyday life. Hygge originates from a Norwegian word meaning “well-being”. Of course, everyone has very different definitions for his or her well being. If I had to describe my hygge I would choose an example with vacation. Working 8-10 hours per day we are dreaming about one week vacation. And vacation time comes and passes and goes and after your first day back in office, you feel it has never been any vacation. Moreover, you feel very sorry you had a vacation when you see your mailbox with hundreds of urgent emails. Stress and tension are back again and you live following months waiting for a next vacation.
What Is This Book About?
This book, however, offers you to create a vacation mood, this moment of full disconnection of a daily rush, ability to slow down, to think, to analyze, to inhale and to seize the happy moments of your life. It is about finding your runaway in a routine and ability to enjoy it without great investments. Meik Wiking, the author of the book, says that hygge is about atmosphere and experience, rather than about things. I would say it is not about things at all. People, feelings, mood, and pace are the central components of this book. This book has a practical value, it is not reasoning only but includes real examples, useful recommendations, practical pieces of advice, direct instructions.
Where Does My Hygge Hide?
My Israeli friends say that Danish hygge is impossible in Israel. Well, yes and no. Israeli people have an absolutely different pace of life, climate, and traditions. We do not have snow and do not have Christmas, reindeer are not coming to Israel. However, we have three seas, deserts, incredible sunsets, and flowers, blooming all year round. While Europe hygge lives near a fireplace, ours can be found on the beach under palms. By the way, there is a separate chapter dedicated to the summer hygge. Moreover, the hygge concept can be found in every aspect of our life: family, friends, home, work, food, clothing. You just need to analyze each sphere of your life to find your personal hygge. And you know what? It is so much fun to revise your life and create your small happiness everywhere.
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By the way! Did you knowm there is another amazing book The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People? Can’t wait to read it!
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