Review: Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking and a Bonus Review


Trendy I’m not! Nothing like reviewing a book four years or so after it was a “thing.” Nonetheless, this little book packs a good punch in terms of the information presented. I listened to the audio, charmingly read by the author himself. I learned so much!

First, what I was already getting right. Cook good food at home and enjoy it with those you love. Done. Have cozy blankets. Got ’em, complete with warm purring cats. Enjoy a good book. No problem.

Second, what I could do better at or start doing. Get outside and not just to get into the car or get the mail. Enjoy the outdoors again. Hmmmm. That will take work. Get together with people more often. COVID is affecting this, but I miss my Sunday School class so much. We should be having our Christmas party in a week or so, as well as the ladies fun sock-swap party at church. Those are big events in my calendar, by the way. Candles. I’m not anti-candle and I am glad to hear that for hygge non-scented is the way to go. That helps a lot. And at 12 (2 of them) and 13-years old my cats are not likely to knock one over and burn the house down. I do have a fireplace, so I could buy some wood. I’d need a couch first though–I threw it out this year due to the state it was in.

My Conclusion? Everything about this resonated with me much more today than when it was at peak trendiness. It always takes me a while to like new things. My only regret was the recipes were a bit hard to follow on audio and they are apparently not on the author’s website, which I thought was odd. [See my review of Invisible Women. Probably the men at the Happiness Institute didn’t think of women listening to the book and wanting to cook the hygge-ish dinners, LOL.]

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

This is one of the books in the Bibliophilic Excursions subscription box that I am reviewing this week.


Who doesn’t want to be happier?

Here’s what Danes do that most Americans don’t–and the Danes are happier:

  • Bike to work
  • Eat dinner nightly at home with their family
  • Work a 30 hour week with weeks of vacation
  • Have affordable childcare
  • Have free medical care

Oh, and be sure to light candles!

Ok, I’m joking. The Danes just do not settle for anything but a decent work-life balance. Dinner at home with the family is almost sacred. Workaholic hours are scorned. People care about being with their families and friends instead of just their boss and coworkers.

Denmark and it’s near Scandinavian neighbors are often held up to Americans as models of what we should “have” in terms of bang for the buck from the government. I’m not sure how a nation as vast as hours, where nearly everything runs 24 hours a day anymore could do that. Aside from the obvious such as how do I bike to work if my job is 73 miles away? Or how do you work a 30-hour shift as a nurse and the surgery you are assisting on goes into emergency mode and you can’t leave. I’m sure Danes have jobs that DO require overtime, but I imagine it is paid and extra leave allotted.

I’ll leave the political part to the new Congress, but I liked the sound of all of this even if it is done with an American 40 hour week being held to 40 hours or vacation time that can be taken without snarky comments, side-eye looks, or a coworker trampling you when you are off. Those would be great for nearly everyone.

Have I mentioned how soothing it was to listen to the two little audiobooks? Light a candle, snuggle under a soft blanket, pour yourself a drink or brew some tea or coffee, open up some fine chocolate, and just listen and dream.

The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking

11 thoughts on “Review: Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking and a Bonus Review

  1. Ha ha great review. The author should’ve mentioned we need cats. I’ve got one and she steals all the cozy blankets. True story…I had a naughty cat that once stuck her face in the candle to investigate and singed off her long eyebrows. Thank God that is all that happened. I was standing right there but didn’t get to her in time. After that, candles have been forbidden forever, with all cats.


  2. I’m part Danish, so I loved this…..and realized how much I was already doing because of traditions and mindset passed down in my family! This book was very affirming and I learned new things, too!

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  3. Interesting review, and I kept thinking of my last-year trip to northern Germany, near this area. Those people are such hard workers! I remember our 87-yr-old landlady out each morning working in her flower bed. You definitely fit in with all your scratch cooking. I love the cover too. Your sock swap sounds really fun. I love stuff like that!

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    1. It was always a fun night. We brought a pair of Christmas socks stuffed with goodies. Then we played one of those story-passing games to get our sock. We have munchies and goodies for snacking. There was an optional cookie exchange too for those who wanted to bake.


  4. Ah. I should get the Hygge book. I need more cozy blankets in my life! We do eat family dinner every night, and I try to get outside to walk, but I need more cozy, healthy pursuits overall. I love the sound of a 30-hour workweek and healthy work/life balance — something sorely lacking in the US. Thanks for the great post — I’m definitely interested in learning more!

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  5. Whatever the answer is, we definitely need better work/life balance in the US.

    My brother-in-law has 5 cats but his wife likes candles. They bought a huge glass vase/candy jar thing, weighted it down with pretty stones, and put a candle inside so their kitties can’t get to it or knock it over. It’s the centerpiece on their kitchen island. It works well!

    My uncle’s mother was Swedish so my aunt was fascinated by this book when she read it. She’s incorporated these ideas into their lives and loves the coziness and peace they bring.


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