Don’t Understand “Hygge”? Read This Book
Basically Xanax in literary form
Remember when the KonMari method, based on Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, was everywhere circa 2015? Buckle up, because there’s a new weirdly named lifestyle craze you need to get in on.
It’s called hygge (pronounced hoo-guh), and it’s Danish, delightful and the focus of a tiny new tome, The Little Book of Hygge, by Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.
Hygge doesn’t have a direct English translation, but Wiking says it can mean anything from “the art of creating intimacy” to “cocoa by candlelight.” Basically, it’s an atmosphere in which you feel most comfortable and at home. For reference, some of the things Danes most associate with hygge are hot drinks, candles, sweets, books and Sundays spent curled up on the couch with all of the above.
In addition to explaining what hygge is and how it relates to Denmark’s overwhelming contentment (the country ranked first on the 2016 World Happiness Report), Wiking outlines how to dress and decorate to fully embrace the trend. Spoiler alert: You’re going to need giant scarves, wool socks, lots of books and ceramics.
So buy The Little Book of Hygge and read it next to a crackling fire…in pajamas with hot chocolate in hand and a basset hound at your feet. (It’s for your own happiness, after all.)