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The Little Book of Hygge


Hygge – the art of being cosy and introverted and happy and Danish – is to 2016 what KonMari was to 2015.

Minimalism and being kind to your socks (never did get that one) has been replaced by snuggly blankets, warm coffee and cosy socks (that one I do get).

And, as with the KonMari trend Hygge has been cropping up every where in recent weeks, especially this book. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen some over-excited YouTuber waving it around in a video. Curious (and slightly jealous of the fact that hubby was treating himself to a new PlayStation game) I decided to see what all the fuss was about and purchased the book during a recent shopping expedition to our local Tesco.

I kind of wanted to dislike it. That’s awful isn’t it? But I’m always a bit anti-trend. Sure, I loved the front cover, who wouldn’t love those cute pictures and that lovely calming blue colour? I loved the fact that the book was tiny and twee. And, do you know what, I loved the contents of the book more.

First up, the idea of Hygge isn’t exactly ground-breaking. Put simply it’s about cosying up with your loved ones, eating stew, drinking coffee, cuddling up in blankets, enjoying soft lighting. Hygge might not translate exactly into English, but for me Hygge translates to chill time. What Meik Wiking (best name ever!) has done, however, is take this simple concept and written about it in a factual way, with lots of stats to back up why the Danes are so god-darn happy; but also an amusing way. His tongue in cheek humour resonates throughout the book and adds an additional warmth (or Hygge factor) to the book.

For someone like me who is running around at a million miles an hour most of the time (hence why this blog hasn’t been updated in such a long time) this book reminded me that it’s OK to take some chill out time and that actually chilling out with friends rather than trying to do something extravagant can be supremely enjoyable.

The part of the book that really struck a chord with me was this page:


Practicing gratitude was something I used to be really good at. But more recently it’s slipped by the way-side as my time gets taken up with nappy changes, cleaning, tidying, prepping for work and nursery, trying to get out the damn door to get to work and nursery and trying to fit in something that resembles a social life. I really must be better at appreciating things, so I think I’m going to try to start doing daily, or at least weekly, gratitude lists over on my Instagram account (@samheathcock if you would care to take a look).

And, relax…


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