It’s a damp Monday morning and I’m sitting in my writing nook. I’ve got a lamp on (at 8am!) and I’m listening to the rain. It’s clear that a seasonal change is among us. To be quite honest, I’ve been over Summer for quite some time now. My house is so cosy and definitely made for the colder months. October is my favourite month and I don’t do well in the heat. There’s nothing I enjoy more than being cosy in bed with a good book or film, whilst I can hear the bad weather outside.
The temperature has definitely dropped this morning and it’s very cosy. In fact, I’m so cosy that I’m feeling quite content. I have always just thought of this feeling as simply pleasant and definitely underestimated the power of it. You may be thinking that sounds like a bit of a reach but if something can improve your mental health, isn’t it powerful?
It turns out that this feeling of ‘cosiness’ is actually somewhat of a lifestyle in Denmark. And what better way to embrace Autumn than to learn all about ‘Hygge’? I have been spending my evenings in bed learning all about it, thanks to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.
If you’re thinking how do I pronounce this? The book starts off by telling you doesn’t matter! (‘Hoo-ga’, incase you were wondering). Hygge is a feeling, a state of mind, a way of life. Wiking states you know hygge when you feel it. It means creating a snug environment and enjoying the things you love with your favourite people.
The Little Book Of Hygge is a good mix of history, stories and actual tips. It’s a really enjoyable read that is definitely getting me even more excited for the colder months. The book has chapters dedicated to different forms of Hygge such as: light, clothing, food and drink, hygge outside of the home and hygge all year round. If you want hygge in an instant, 85% of Danes will tell you to light some candles. Facts and numbers like this is exactly what makes this book so interesting to read.
The book also covers how this cultural phenomenon translates in other countries. Of course, nobody does it quite like the Danes do. The Little Book Of Hygge also has chapters dedicated to Hygge ‘on the cheap’ and how to hygge during the Summer months. It’s also gorgeous and pocket-sized, so you can hygge on the go.
Christmas is apparently the ultimate season for hygge. During the long dark winters, the Danes really step it up a notch. Millions of candles can be found lighting up the city of Copenhagen, as Danes burn more candles per head than anywhere in Europe. Hygge has become such a strong part of their national identity, tourists can do a ‘Hygge and Happiness’ day tour. It’s also such a way of life out there, that doctors regularly prescribe it too!
It’s important to remember that hygge is more about experiences. The book is definitely helping me improve my mental wellbeing without material things. If you’re looking to learn all Denmark’s key to happiness or you’re just after an interesting read, The Little Book of Hygge is definitely for you.
The Little Book Of Hygge is published by Penguin Life, an imprint of Penguin Books. It is out now and
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*The post contains PR samples, but all opinions are my own.