It’s no secret that I love to read. I spend at least few minutes every night reading, but I’ve also gotten super into listening to audiobooks. Certain books don’t work as audiobooks, but I’ve had great luck with listening to nonfiction books. Recently I downloaded The Little Book of Hygge. It’s under four hours so it was a pretty light and easy “listen.” I finished it up over a few days and LOVED IT.
“Hygge” is a Danish word that means a mix of comfort, safety, coziness, etc. It’s hard to directly translate into English because it’s really more of a “sense” or feeling. The book breaks Hygge down and explains what it means (and what it doesn’t!) and how you can achieve it at home.
A few people had recommended it to me after I mentioned on here that I was forcing myself not to hate winter. If you haven’t read the book yet, I highly highly highly recommend it! I think this is one case where listening to the audiobook might be a better experience than reading it. The author narrates it, which I found to be so helpful to get to know the pronunciations of the Danish words.
I happened to listen to the majority of the book right before a big rainstorm hit the area. I’m normally all about enjoying the outdoors on the weekend. Initially, I was disappointed to see rain in the forecast, but after learning about hygge, I was kind of excited to embrace it fully.
We had a cozy weekend inside watching the Olympics. I wore a thick sweater (verrrrrry “hyggeligt”), donned slippers, wrapped a blanket around my shoulders! We even went to a warm restaurant right as the rain turned into a downpour. Part of hygge is a sense of safety so I knew that being holed up enjoying French toast while the rain intensified only made our day more hyggeligt.
The only thing missing was candles! (If you’ve read the book, you know how important lighting and candles are, haha!)
What I ultimately liked the most about the book was the emphasis on happiness and how to find it within yourself and within your community. Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the happiest countries, if not the happiest! There is a lot to learn from them.