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As winter approaches, I like to slow things down with some good reading. I have been searching for a book on the topic of hygge to devour over the coming months. If like me, you are interested in reading about the world of hygge, but don’t know where to start, worry not! I have done the research for us both.
Hygge is a Nordic word used to describe the quality of feeling comfortable, cosy and content, while enjoying the simple things in life. Many concepts underpinning hygge seem to be minimalist in nature, which is why I have become interested in the concept.
In researching hygge, I have learnt that this post I wrote a little while back, totally accidentally captures the essence of it!
Here are synopses on five books about hygge.
- The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg
This book claims to be the first written on the topic of hygge. It encourages the reader to slow down and pay more attention to the simple things. The author argues that happiness can be found within, rather than from external sources. The very design of the book has an old world feel, emphasising the importance of simplicity.
This book is a practical step by step approach to creating a sense of hygge in your own life. It is authored by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, so you can be sure that he is an expert on the topic! The book gives the reader tips on creating a sense of hygge in their own home, covering topics ranging from decor, entertaining, and even getting dressed.
This book claims to show you what other hygge books try to tell you, because of its comprehensive collection of photographs, step by step instructions, and tips. The author has collected ideas from her travels around her home country to cover a range of topics, including cooking, decorating and entertaining.
- The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell
The author of this book is a journalist who, on moving to Denmark, discovered that it is in fact the happiest place on earth. She embarks on a year long journey to discover the secret to this happiness. The book is not an exclusive account of hygge, it covers a range of topics including education, food, interior design to taxes and sexism.
- Goodbye Clutter, Hello Freedom: How to Create Space for Danish Hygge and Lifestyle by Cleaning up, Organizing and Decorating with Care (Volume 1) by Lena Bentsen
The content of this book draws parallels to key concepts of minimalism. It argues that feelings of peace and harmony cannot be achieved without carefully considering one’s surroundings. The author gives tips on how the reader can do this in their own life.
In the interest of transparency, please be aware that the links above are affiliate links. Affiliate links are something I’m experimenting with, the experience much akin to a pubescent child secretly reaching for a smoke of mother’s cigarette. If you actually purchase one of the publications from the links above, it is rumoured I will get a very small cut of the profit. I do nothing without purpose, however, so let me assure you I have done my research and chosen books with good reviews, that I am genuinely considering purchasing. I would like feedback on these if you already have, or will, read one or more of these at some point.