Minimalist Reading: Hygge

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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.

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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.

  1. 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.

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

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.

  1. Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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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.


19 thoughts on “Minimalist Reading: Hygge

  1. Apparently Denmark is also the world’s least corrupt country (tied for first with New Zealand). I suspect there’s a link between valuing the simple, less $$$ things of life, and the relative absence of corruption.

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  2. I love all things hygge and have read The Year of Living Danishly and The Little Book of Hygge both of which I loved and read over a weekend! Plus how cool would it be to say you are the CEO of Happiness for your country?!

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  3. There are some lovely suggestions here. I read the Pia Edberg book but have to confess that I found it to be superficial in lots of ways. That’s probably because I enjoy non-fiction that has a strong research base. I’ll check out some of the other suggestions, though. Thank you!

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  4. Hi there, I can understand why you’re reading up on hygge as you approach winter in the southern hemisphere. However, in the UK today (in some parts), it’s cold and dark so this post is very well-timed! Hygge can work all year round! I read Pia Edberg’s ‘The Cozy Life’ and enjoyed it a lot. Many of the concepts tie in beautifully with those of minimalism – the only drawback was the hankering I developed for sticky cinnamon buns, which seemed to be an integral part of many hygge experiences! Lxx

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  5. Minimalism is my thing for sure, but I can get so depressed in the winter that I need some help with remembering the joy behind it. I first heard this term Hygge about 2 winters ago and became so in love with the concept I’ve been meaning to learn more, so thank you for this!

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  6. Here’s one that many don’t understand. Living in Florida all year round where we do not see season changes is as tough as winter for some. There are so many things we can do to make our homes work for each everyday. Hygge all the time!-Laurel

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  7. Hygge genuinely helped me reassess some parts of my life! I read Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures by Charlotte Abrahams, and wow, fantastic! Taking the time to truly enjoy a cup of tea, the weather, listening to your body… amazing. I’ll have to check out these other books!

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  8. You are truly a gem. Living simply has to be one of the most satisfying ways to live. I love your you tube channel and your blog! Would love a brief description of the mind behind ‘a small wardrobe’. I sense you are creative and music oriented.

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  9. Hygge is such an interesting concept. I’ve read the second book by Meek Wiking, and it’s a great read but also an incredibly interactive and creative formatted book. Definitely adding these other books to my reading list.

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