The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking [Book Summary – Review]


If you’ve ever visited a Scandinavian nation in the wintertime you will likely have seen two things; the dim and the cold. Despite this, individuals living there, explicitly the Danes, are really among the most joyful on the planet. Why would that be the situation? 

On the off chance that you ask the Danes, they may refer to things like a liberal and well-working government assistance state and modest brew. Yet, different nations have this as well. The genuine mystery is something different. Enter hygge, a famously troublesome word to interpret. So what is this baffling hygge and how would you get it in your own life? 



Chapter 1 – Hygge is a key however the hard-to-decipher idea for understanding the Danish lifestyle.


If you gaze upward hygge in a Danish-English word reference, the definition you’re well on the way to discover is “comfort.” The word invokes thoughts of closeness or pictures of candlelight or hot cocoa by the fire. However, it implies significantly more than that. 

Recently, hygge has gotten some publicity. Be that as it may, what’s caused this? 

Indeed, Denmark is routinely positioned among the most joyful countries on the planet. In 2013 and 2016, it positioned first in the World Happiness Report and, in 2015, it came in third. 

To outcasts, this appears to be extremely odd. Denmark’s climate is prevalently dark and its assessments are sensationally high. There aren’t even any immense regions of wild where you can escape to. 

So for what reason is it quite a substance and upbeat nation? There are two clarifications. The first is self-evident: those high duties pay for a liberal government assistance state. The second is less thus, and it relies on that undefined idea – hygge. 

The word initially shows up in composed Danish in the mid-1800s. It’s a word imported from Norwegian initially signifying “prosperity.” 



Be that as it may, this definition gets us just up until now. Nor does the cutting edge interpretation of “comfort” very work. Hygge must be experienced. It is, to put it plainly, an inclination. 

There are comparative ideas in different nations, as well. The Germans have Gemütlichkeit, the Dutch gezelligheid, and the Canadians warmth – each term an epitome of such a hearthside at-homeness. In any case, no culture ventures to such an extreme as the Danes. For them, hygge is integral to the origination of self. 

The thought is so installed in Danish culture that they even have a modifier – hyggelig – to portray something that either has hygge or can support hygge. Envision an especially cozy bistro. It doesn’t make a difference that the espresso is not exactly good or that you need to make a special effort to arrive; you like the spot since it’s hyggelig. 

There’s even an action word! If you were intending to go through an evening at this bistro, you may welcome a companion to come and hygge with you. 

So by what means can you co-select this characterizing highlight of Danish personality and culture? 


Chapter 2 – The quickest method to hygge? Get the illuminating right and cuddle.


Hygge isn’t just a partner to satisfaction; it’s a state of mind in its own right. What’s more, developing it has a great deal to do with building up the correct climate. 

The most ideal approach to do this is to get the lighting perfectly. Candlelight is almost inseparable from hygge. Did you realize that Danes consume a bigger number of candles per individual than any other person in Europe? That is, as much as 13 pounds of wax every year, each! Candles are so socially critical to Danes that a killjoy is referred to casually as a lyseslukker – in a real sense, a “light-snuffer-external.” 

Yet, this adoration for disposition lighting reaches out past candlelight. Remember how dull and horrid fall and winter are in Denmark. To fight off the melancholy, the Danes have built up a solid convention of the light plan. These lights are not just delightful; they additionally frequently emit a warm flame-like gleam. 

What’s more, there’s a reason for this sort of light. The correct lighting implies that a room will be immersed with sensations of solace and coziness. It will be pervaded with that vibe of “home,” which, truly, is the thing that hygge is about, particularly in winter. 



Other Nordic nations have space for winter sports and, in southern Europe, there’s still a little sun and warmth. Be that as it may, in Denmark, you simply need to remain at home. It’s nothing unexpected to learn, at that point, that the Danes have more living space per individual than some other European identity. At the point when it’s so sudden and hopeless external you truly need to guarantee your home stays hyggelig! 

You can go even further. You should set up a hyggekrog. That is a comfortable niche where you twist up with your book and a cup of cocoa. Or on the other hand, maybe you could introduce a chimney or oven. For Danes, such spaces and comfortable civilities, alongside wood and other common items, epitomize hygge. They likewise give it material reasonableness. 


Chapter 3 – Hygge isn’t something to accomplish alone.


So you’re completely nestled into your hyggekrog and the candlelight is glinting endlessly. At that point what? It’s extraordinary to cuddle up, yet it’s imperative to realize that hygge is additionally about esteeming network and investing energy with others. 

Singular conduct, the same number of joy studies affirm, is no real way to accomplish fulfillment. When your fundamental necessities, including food and haven, have been met, there is no preferred method to accomplish satisfaction through friendship. It’s essential to have companions and family members with whom you can share encounters and sentiments. On a fundamental level, these too are hygge. 

It’s no mishap that Danes accomplish hygge through sociability. Denmark limits additional time. This implies they have a fantastic work-life balance. Danes likewise stress less because the liberal government assistance state implies losing employment is anything but a serious deal. In this steady environment, fellowships and connections can be cultivated and given need. 

Collective associations and familial bonds are basic incomprehension hygge. Yet, there’s a further viewpoint. To be genuinely hyggelig, this fellowship needs to occur on an equivalent balance. It’s a type of fortitude and co-activity. Making your sweetheart cook supper for you isn’t hyggelig. Nonetheless, a comradely co-arrangement of the vegetables unquestionably is. 



This leads us to another basic component of hygge: food and drink. Hygge is not a rigid system. It’s about joy. It’s a carb-substantial dinner; it’s hot cocoa. The majority of all, it’s a sweet treat. In English, the word Danish is practically inseparable from a baked good. 

What’s more, what do you have with your baked good? Some espresso. Hot beverages are an essential piece of the hygge culture. Indeed, there’s even a word to portray this association: kaffehygge. 

You can’t discover hygge in some espresso, yet it’s surely important for it. All things considered, Denmark is the fourth biggest purchaser of espresso on the planet. 

It’s hygge’s numerous wellsprings – its quality in a pot of joe just as in a gathering of friends – that make it one of a kind. 


Chapter 4 – Hygge isn’t only a colder time of year wonder.


Up until this point, we’ve characterized hygge as something to assist you with enduring the most noticeably terrible of winter. Yet, we’ve likewise observed that a feeling of network and individual inclination is a principal trademark. Also, truly, it’s about the current second, the present time and place. 

This implies it’s conceivable to encourage hygge in different circumstances. For example, on the off chance that you go cruising in the mid-year with companions – that is a hygge. Or then again perhaps, come June, you could set up some elderflower welcoming with your family – that is hygge, as well. You could even develop hygge in the workplace by making things more easygoing and populist. 

Another appearance of hygge is the Danish love of bicycles. Denmark is intended for cycling. Bicycles, in contrast to vehicles, don’t enclose you; rather, they open you to your environmental factors. Moreover, endless suburbia is more outlandish in nations where individuals are accustomed to trekking. 

Furthermore, trekking is helpful for acceptable wellbeing and, as studies show, in case you’re more beneficial, you’re more joyful. 

In Denmark, metropolitan framework and engineering are intended to diminish social separation and reinforce cultural bonds. Simply consider Denmark’s numerous collective nurseries! 



Nonetheless, there’s no getting away from it: you may have the option to ingrain your city and your late spring with hygge, yet truly hygge dwells in the home. Also, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without it. 

All things considered, December is the most obscure month. It’s wet. It’s a virus. What better conditions are there? You can spend an entire month of yuletide hygge. The Danish word? Julehygge. 

Christmas can be upsetting enough as you get ready for everything for your family. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you can unwind with your family in a hyggelig climate, at that point you’ll have the option to separate the distressing occasions from the hours of cheerful public action. 

Since, truly, Christmas is hygge manifest. It has it all: companions, family, food, candles, and comfort. Exclusively these would be hygge enough yet consolidated you have yourself a hygge celebration, a festival of both the second and of joyful events before. 


Chapter 5 – Hygge is comprehensive and includes all the faculties.


We can’t all go cruising or retreat to our spectacularly planned wood-framed home. Such extravagances require both cash and time. Yet, regardless of whether we’re short on both, we can in any case get to hygge. 

Keep in mind, the hygge stylish is more about appalling woolen socks than magnums of champagne. It’s about the natural and basic life, not the unmistakable parading of riches. 

It may even be said that the less lofty or costly something is, the more hyggelig it is. Hygge isn’t about prompt approval. You can’t get it. It’s simply by requiring some investment, valuing your environmental factors, and drawing in with your locale that hygge can be accomplished. 

Hygge can be as straightforward and cheap as lounging around a pit fire with companions or playing tabletop games with family. It’s tied in with being fun-loving and fewer outcomes centered. It’s a getaway from a futile daily existence and present-day consumerist culture. 

As grown-ups, we tend not to play enough. Also, this is a disgrace. Life doesn’t need to be so genuine! All things considered, it should be about the delight of the experience. 

Indeed, concentrates by Princeton University’s Alan Krueger show we’re most joyful while taking an interest in relaxation exercises that are detached from money related worth. 



This is hygge encapsulated. 

Krueger’s perception exhibits that hygge can be accomplished anyplace. We don’t need to move to Denmark or unendingly drink hot cocoa. Hygge is a tactile encounter kept to no single spot or movement. 

For example, we can start hygge by tasting or smelling something especially suggestive of a past encounter. We can touch, see, or tune in to energize the faculties and the brain. 

Let your fingers stumble into the stained wooden steps; watch those gleaming ashes winding from the chimney. 

Hygge is the plain impression of satisfaction. It is satiation. It is a difficulty-free and cheerful presence. It is family. It is love. Regardless of where you live or the amount you procure, hygge is something you can accomplish.


The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking Book Review


Hygge, the Danish mystery to satisfaction, is a helpful idea that can prompt more prominent happiness throughout everyday life. You, as well, can make your life more hyggelig by keeping things basic, genuine, and friendly. With hygge, consistently can be the greatest day. 

Make your own hygge first aid pack. 

Have this pack prepared for when you get back from work and all that feels wet and cold and hopeless. It ought to contain everything comfortable and restoring – tea, candles, chocolate, woolen socks, records, books, a note pad, or whatever is hyggelig for you. Slither into your hyggekrog and get down to some genuine hygging.


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